Iran’s allies in Iraq face complex choice amid increasing “airstrikes”

Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, centre, the deputy head of the mostly Shiite forces known as the Popular Mobilization Units, attends a ceremony marking Police Day in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 9, 2016. (AP) By Seth J. Frantzman August 24, 2019 A divide within the Popular Mobilization Forces, a group of mostly Shi’ite militias that are seen [...]

By |August 24th, 2019|Iraq, Isreal|

Video of beaten Iraqi woman in Iran angers Iraqis

Shrine of 8th Shiite Imam in the northwest city of Mashhad. (MEHR) August 24, 2019 The spokesman for the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, Ahmad al-Sahaf says his office is "following with great interest" reports about an Iraqi woman being beaten at Iran’s Mashhad airport, Al Arabiya reported on Thursday August 22. The remarks were made after [...]

By |August 24th, 2019|Iraq|

Iranian-backed militia: Israeli attacks on Iraqi bases ‘declaration of war

Israeli Air Force F-16 fighter jets take part in a ceremony for newly graduated air force pilots at Hatzerim Air Base, June 28, 2010. (REUTERS) August 24, 2019 Ahmed al-Asadi, a Popular Mobilization Forces official, said on Wednesday that the targeting of PMF headquarters at two bases over the past few weeks and [...]

By |August 24th, 2019|Iraq, Isreal|

Between Iran and the US: Iraq struggles to stay neutral

Protesters hold a sign belonging to the Iranian consulate building before storming and burning it in Basra, Iraq, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP) August 23, 2019 In May, thousands of Iraqis took to the streets of Baghdad, chanting: “No to war! Yes to Iraq.” They were referring the possibility of military confrontation between [...]

By |August 23rd, 2019|Iraq|

US officials confirm Israeli strike on Iranian weapons depot in Iraq

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds up a piece of an Iranian drone shot down in Israeli airspace during the Munich Security Conference, on February 18. (AFP) August 23, 2019 US officials confirm Israel was responsible for the bombing of an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq last month. The confirmation comes as Israel’s [...]

By |August 23rd, 2019|Iraq, Isreal|

US, Russia gave Israel green light to strike Iran in Syria, Iraq

An Israeli Air Force F-16 fighter jets. (Flash90) August 22, 2019 Israel has conducted several strikes on Iranian-controlled bases in Syria and Iraq in recent weeks with permission from the United States and Russia, a Western diplomatic source told a Saudi-owned newspaper Wednesday. Moscow and Washington agreed that the Jewish state could conduct [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|Iraq, Isreal, Syria|

Iran-backed Iraqi PMF blames US for recent weapons depots blasts

Plumes of smoke rise after an explosion at a military base southwest of Baghdad, Iraq, August 12, 2019. (AP) August 22, 2019 The Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) held on Wednesday the United States responsible of a series of blasts in recent weeks in its camps and weapons depots. Four bases used by the [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|Iraq, North America, USA|

Explosion hits arms depot for Iran-backed faction in Iraq

Armored vehicles of Iraq's Iran-backed Popular Mobilisation Forces militias in Balad,  November 25, 2017. (AFP) August 21, 2019 Several blasts hit a position held by Iraqi Shiite paramilitaries next to Balad air base north of Baghdad on Tuesday, an Iraqi military official and a source in a paramilitary group said. Balad base hosts US forces [...]

By |August 21st, 2019|Iraq|

Netanyahu hints Israel behind strikes on Iraq, says Iran not immune anywhere

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and IAF Brigadier General Peleg Niego at Tel Nof Airbase in Rehovot, May 23, 2018. (PMO) August 20, 2019 In his first reaction to mysterious attacks on arms and ammunition depots of pro-Iranian militia in Iraq, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday hinted that Israel might be responsible. [...]

By |August 20th, 2019|Iraq, Isreal|

Hardly hit by the US sanctions and public discontent, the Iranian regime has a new strategy for funding its Shiite proxies in Iraq

A picture published by the Tasnim agency showing Iranian Quds Force commander Qasim Soleimani (C) in Najaf, Iraq. (Supplied) By Track Persia August 20, 2019 Since the US-led invasion of Iraq, Iran has become embedded in Iraq’s security system through its proxy Shiite militias it helped develop and continued to support. At the [...]

By |August 20th, 2019|Iraq|