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.
Since their defeat in Iraq in December 2017, ISIS sleeper cells have attempted to launch attacks on various towns and villages in Mosul. However, the Iraqi Security Forces with the cooperation of the locals have been able to thwart ISIS attacks on the city.
The date for the 2018 Iraqi Parliamentary Elections is quickly approaching. As a result, the Iraqi authorities are boosting their security procedures in order to protect the citizens throughout the Iraqi provinces.
While security along the Iraqi-Syrian border has improved with the near defeat of the Islamic State, Baghdad still has it's hands full trying to prevent arms smuggling and attacks by what is left of the terror group.