Let me start by clearing up some of the confusion the name kebab sometimes causes. In Iraq, kebab is seasoned ground/minced meat, skewered and grilled. In other Arab countries, it is called kufta mashwiyya (grilled). The Iraqi tikka is cubed chunks of meat skewered and grilled. This is known as kebab all over the world.
The confusion might be traced back to medieval times when kubab (or kubaab) was used to designate ground meat shaped