US Energy Secretary discussed Iran sanctions with Iraqi officials

Perry spoke at a Baghdad hotel where he was attending a US chamber of commerce event alongside Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban. (AFP) December 11, 2018 US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Tuesday he had discussed his country’s sanctions against Iran with Iraqi energy officials and signalled an intention to step up [...]

By |December 11th, 2018|Iraq, North America, USA|

Former Iraqi Prime Minister: Iran’s intervention prevented me from getting a second term

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi enjoys clear US support in forming the next government. (AFP) December 10, 2018 Former Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and president of the Al-Nasr coalition raised concerns over Iraq’s national security. Today marks Iraq’s one-year anniversary on its defeat over ISIS that tightened the noose on the country [...]

By |December 10th, 2018|Iraq|

Iran’s terrorist proxies a regional time bomb

Qais al-Khazali (Left), Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (A.A.H.) commander sitting next to Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Qassem Soleimani. (INU) By Baria Alamuddin December 10, 2018 A federal trial in the US is studying evidence that the Islamic Republic of Iran was responsible for hundreds of bombings that killed and maimed more than 1,000 US troops [...]

By |December 10th, 2018|Iraq|

Is Iran’s time in Iraq coming to an end?

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani with Iraq’s President Barham Salih (R) during a welcome ceremony in Tehran on November 17, 2018. (AFP) By Michael Flanagan December 7, 2018 Iraq is no stranger to foreign influence in its politics, economy and way of life. It has been the crossroads for trade between Asia, Europe and [...]

By |December 7th, 2018|Iraq|

Foreigners are ‘looting’ Iranian markets – economist

A street market in Abadan, Khuzestan province, where residents suffer from lack of water and jobs. (ILNA) December 6, 2018 A prominent Iranian economist says selling essential goods to foreigners in Iran's border area markets is "looting" and should not be counted as "export". "This is not export, it is indeed looting local [...]

By |December 6th, 2018|Iraq|

Victims look to punish Iran for attacks against US troops in Iraq

A sample of weapons on display by U.S. officials made by Iranian facilities. (Military Times) By Todd South December 3, 2018 They read in simple, repetitive sentences with a date, location, name, age and cause of death. It is a seemingly endless list of those killed and maimed in Iraq by weapons supplied by Iran and used [...]

By |December 3rd, 2018|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iraq continues to face hurdles due to its relations with Iran

Workers set up a natural gas pipeline at Iraq's border with Iran in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, April 12, 2016. (Reuters) December 3, 2018 Amid U.S. sanctions on Iran, Iraq is currently facing a challenge in addressing energy needs and supply of other vital goods, as its chief supplier of natural resources and [...]

By |December 3rd, 2018|Iraq|

Iraq seeks power revamp after US sanctions on Iran, protests

Protesters hold a sign belonging to the Iranian consulate building before storming and burning it in Basra, 340 miles (550 km) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP) December 3, 2018 Iraq’s broken electricity sector is planning a long-awaited overhaul to both meet US pressure to halt Iranian power imports and [...]

By |December 3rd, 2018|Iraq|

Iran using teams of hit squads to silence critics of its attempts to meddle in Iraqi politics, officials say

Gen. Qassem Soleimani (C), who heads the elite Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guard attends a graduation ceremony of a group of the guard's officers in Tehran, June 30, 2018. (AP) By Con Coughlin December 1, 2018 Iran is using teams of hit squads in Iraq to silence critics of Iranian attempts to meddle [...]

By |December 1st, 2018|Iraq|

The ongoing series of assassinations in Iraq recalls similar events in Tehran in 1990s

Mourners carry the coffin of Wissam Al Gharawi in Basra, Iraq. (AP) By Track Persia November 30, 2018 Recent months have witnessed important developments in Iraq, the rising number of assassinations of young Iraqis, mainly activists or females representing beauty models. Most of the murdered activists had taken part in protests over the [...]

By |November 30th, 2018|Iraq|