Ten people have been killed in Basra as Iraqi security forces continued their repression of anti-corruption protests, with Iraq's foremost Shia cleric saying the government must meet protesters' demands.
Jordan is on a mission to rejuvenate trade with its neighbour, Iraq, as regional competitors scramble for footholds in the country. However, Jordanian officials have voiced their concerns about competitiveness within the export sector.
On the 26th of April, 2018 the Iraqi Oil Ministry held a oil and gas contract auction. While many have been considering this round of contract auctioning another failure of the Iraqi political system, Youssef Ali argues that the new contracts will bring lots of benefits to Iraq.