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Iraq’s stability on the line as US, Iran tensions soar

An Iraqi Shia cleric waves an Iranian flag during a protest against the torching of the Iranian Consulate in Basra, on September 15. (AFP) By Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Zeina Karam September 21, 2019 As the United States and Israel escalate their push to contain Iranian influence in the Middle East, countries in Tehran’s [...]

By |September 21st, 2019|Iraq|

Airstrike on Iran-backed militia near Iraq-Syria border said to kill at least 5

Popular Mobilization Forces members stand by a burning truck after a drone attack blamed on Israel near Qaim border crossing, in Anbar province, Iraq, August 25, 2019. (AP) September 20, 2019aud Unknown aircraft attacked posts of Iranian-backed fighters in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border, in the predawn hours of Thursday morning, killing [...]

By |September 20th, 2019|Iraq, Syria|

Air strikes kill 10 pro-Iran fighters in east Syria

Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) fighters stand on a hill at the Iraqi-Syrian border near al-Qaim, Iraq. November 25, 2018. (REUTERS) September 17, 2019 Overnight air strikes killed 10 pro-Iranian Iraqi militiamen in eastern Syria, a war monitor said Tuesday, without specifying who carried them out. The strikes targeted “three positions of the (Iranian) [...]

By |September 17th, 2019|Iraq, Syria|

Iran proxies: Alleged Hezbollah drone supplier and Iraqi militia leader founded aviation company

Hezbollah supporters hold images of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (L) and Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenai, during celebrations in Beirut on February 6, 2019. (AFP) By Albin Szakola September 13, 2019 A Lebanese man wanted by the US for allegedly supplying drone technology to Hezbollah once formed [...]

By |September 13th, 2019|Iraq, Lebanon|

“Death to America” billboards pop up in Baghdad. It’s a message from Iran

A billboard in Baghdad bearing a disparaging likeness of the Statue of Liberty and Donald Trump, and text reading, "The U.S. is responsible for the region's insecurity and instability because it supports the Zionist occupation and terrorist groups," is seen in central Baghdad, Sept. 6, 2019.(AP) By Tucker Reals, Omar Omar and Khaled Wassef September [...]

By |September 13th, 2019|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iraq: 12 raids targeted Iran-backed PMF sites

Plumes of smoke rise after an explosion at an Iran-backed PMF military base southwest of Baghdad, Iraq, August 12, 2019. (AP) September 11, 2019 A member of the Iraqi parliament’s Security and Defense Committee said that 12 raids have targeted Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) sites and warehouses in the past two months. Abdul Khaliq [...]

By |September 11th, 2019|Iraq|

Iraq’s Al-Sadr in Iran meets Khamenei

Muqtada al-Sadr Iraqi Shiite cleric, politician and militia leader with Ali Khamenei Supreme Leader of Iran. September 10, 2019. (IRIB) September 11, 2019 Iraqi Shiite politician Muqtada al-Sadr was in Iran and met Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei during the religious Ashura mourning gathering on September 10. It is not clear if he is [...]

By |September 11th, 2019|Iraq|

Iraq resists US pressure to reduce Iranian gas imports

Workers set up a natural gas pipeline at Iraq's border with Iran in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, April 12, 2016. (Reuters) September 10, 2019 Iraq will struggle to generate enough electricity unless it continues to use Iranian gas for three to four more years, the electricity minister said on Tuesday, resisting US pressure [...]

By |September 10th, 2019|Europe, Iraq, Middle East|

Explosion hits weapons depot of Iran-backed militia in Iraq: Reports

Explosions seen at a base south of Baghdad on August 12, 2019. (Twitter) September 10, 2019 A drone attack caused an explosion at a weapons depot belonging to Iraq’s Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in the Anbar province on Tuesday, local media outlets reported citing a top Anbar official. The PMU has said it [...]

By |September 10th, 2019|Iraq|

Pro-Iran group suspected of using ‘electronic armies’ to threaten Iraqi activists, media

Masked Iran-backed Shi'ite fighters hold their weapons in Tikrit, Iraq, Saturday, March 6, 2015. (Reuters) September 7, 2019 Iraqi journalists, activists and researchers are facing a wave of accusations and threats by shadowy online groups they suspect are linked to powerful pro-Iran factions. Parties, armed groups and even officials in Iraq benefit from [...]

By |September 7th, 2019|Iraq|