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No sooner has Prime Minister Stephen Harper returned from a controversial trip to Israel than a group of Canadian business executives is heading to the other side of the Middle East political divide in the hope of opening trade and investment doors in some potentially lucrative markets.

Starting Saturday, representatives from 10 Canadian companies will be travelling to Iraq, Jordan and Turkey on a trade mission organized by the Canada-Arab Business Council (CABC) and the Canadian-Turkish Business Council.

This is the first organized Canadian trade mission to Iraq, said Sandra LeBlanc, president of CABC, which is based in Ottawa. The timing is...

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