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Investment in Iraq: Some Expert Perspective from The Economist

Investment in Iraq: Some Expert Perspective from The Economist

In June 2010, the Economist Intelligence Unit surveyed 367 senior executives, all of who had direct input into their company’s decision-making regarding business in the Middle East, about their perceptions of investment in Iraq. All major industries are represented, with energy, manufacturing and financial services having the strongest representation. The ensuing report, titled Iraq Through Investors’ Eyes, details the refined perspective of investors who are already operating in Iraq and the perceptions of others that are either weighing their options or have decided not to invest for the time being.

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Al Qaeda in Iraq Targets Christian Church

Al Qaeda in Iraq Targets Christian Church

The Islamic State of Iraq, an branch of Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), took credit for last night’s massacre at a Baghdad church that killed 52 Iraqi, claiming the attack was designed to avenge the treatment of Muslim women in Egypt.

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WikiLeaks Takes on Iraq: Afghanistan Was Just the Beginning

WikiLeaks Takes on Iraq: Afghanistan Was Just the Beginning

The self-described whistleblower website, WikiLeaks, will release as many as 400,000 sensitive military documents on the U.S. mission in Iraq as early as next week.

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Shadow Government: Allawi, the Saudis and the Sadr Question

Shadow Government: Allawi, the Saudis and the Sadr Question

The top tier of Ayad Allawi’s secular Iraqiya slate met with Saudi leadership in Riyadh today, including King Abdullah to discuss Iran’s meddlesome role in Iraq’s domestic affairs.

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Time to Hurry up and Wait for the Kurdish Bloc

Time to Hurry up and Wait for the Kurdish Bloc

Maliki’s political endurance hangs on the support of the Kurdish faction.

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Sadr Breaks Stalemate by Backing Maliki

Sadr Breaks Stalemate by Backing Maliki

The New York Times is reporting the Sadrist bloc has made a stunning reversal to support erstwhile opponent and political bugbear, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, for another term at the helm of the Iraqi government. The Sadrists’ 39 seats would prove the critical tipping point for the incumbent premiere.

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Long on Platitudes and Short on Persuasion, Obama Calls it a Wrap in Iraq

Long on Platitudes and Short on Persuasion, Obama Calls it a Wrap in Iraq

Last night, President Obama addressed the nation about the end to the U.S. combat mission in Iraq. Packed to the brim with bizarre nautical references, he embarked (pun very much intended) “to give us confidence that our course is true, and that beyond the pre-dawn darkness, better days lie ahead.” Ultimately and unfortunately, his message was as mixed as his metaphors.

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General Odierno Expresses Concerns about Political Stalemate

General Odierno Expresses Concerns about Political Stalemate

While overseeing the departure of American forces in Iraq, Gen. Ray Odierno, warned Sunday that a new Iraqi government may still be months away from formation and said that an extended impasse could create demands for a new election to break the deadlock, which has existed since March 7th. The New York Times published an excellent piece regarding statements made by Odierno yesterday, at headquarters. […]

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Bombing Bonanza in Iraq Leaves 200 Dead and Wounded

Bombing Bonanza in Iraq Leaves 200 Dead and Wounded

A run of coordinated attacks that spanned the length of the country killed at least 56 people today in assaults aimed at Iraqi army and police forces, one day after the U.S. announced that its combat troops had fallen below 50,000.

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Sadrists Set to Back Allawi?

Sadrists Set to Back Allawi?

We all know the broad strokes. The state of Iraq has been politically rudderless since March 7 elections for the Council of Representatives failed to produce a clear coalition winner. Although former PM Ayad Allawi’s  Iraqiya slate won a two-seat victory over Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law coalition, they didn’t score with sufficient […]

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That’s a Wrap: The Last US Combat Brigade Say Ma'a as-Salaama to Iraq

That’s a Wrap: The Last US Combat Brigade Say Ma'a as-Salaama  to Iraq

Here’s a brief outline of news and views from some of the major news outlets regarding the end of the US combat mission…taken from major media both in the States and abroad.

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Amid US Withdrawal, Iraq Suffers Deadliest Attack in Months

Amid US Withdrawal, Iraq Suffers Deadliest Attack in Months

More than 50 people were killed and some 115 wounded when a suicide bomber struck a Baghdad recruiting center for the Iraqi Army.

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Black Flags over Baghdad and the Return of al-Qaeda in Iraq

Black Flags over Baghdad and the Return of al-Qaeda in Iraq

A day after President Obama vowed no delays to the drawdown of troops in Iraq, synchronized car bombs killed 33 people and five police officers were murdered in Baghdad. In both cases, the attackers hoisted the black flag of the Islamic State of Iraq — a clear sign that al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) is […]

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The End of an Era — Obama Salutes End to Major Combat Mission in Iraq

The End of an Era — Obama Salutes End to Major Combat Mission in Iraq

We’ve hit an emotional milestone in Iraq. The end is in sight. Major combat is over and the troops are coming home. And we can expect many more of these talks, with appearances planned throughout the month by the president, Vice President Biden and other senior administration officials as they wax eloquent on Obama’s steadfast commitment to ending the war.

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Obama Announces End of Major Combat…A round-up of news and views

Obama Announces End of Major Combat…A round-up of news and views

President Obama has given formal assurances that U.S. forces in Iraq will drop to 50,000 by the end of the month – a reduction of 94,000 troops since he took office 18 months ago. The remaining troops will form a transitional force until a final U.S. withdrawal from the country by the end of 2011. […]

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