Pentagon orders preparations to ‘destroy’ pro-Iran Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq

An Iraqi soldier wears a protective face mask and gloves as he stands guard during the hand over of Qayyarah Airfield from US-led coalition to Iraqi Forces, in Mosul, Iraq, March 26, 2020. (Reuters) March 28, 2020 The US Department of Defense has ordered its military commanders in Iraq to prepare for potential [...]

By |March 28th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

US imposes fresh sanctions on Iranian individuals, companies amid coronavirus

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announce new sanctions at the White House, January 10, 2020. (Reuters) March 26, 2020 The United States on Thursday blacklisted 20 Iran- and Iraq-based companies, officials and individuals, accusing them of supporting terrorist groups and ramping up pressure on Tehran even [...]

By |March 26th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

U.S. Department of State designates Iran-backed ‘League of the Righteous’ as Foreign Terrorist Organization

Iraq Protests Protesters burn Israeli and US flags while others carry posters with pictures of Qais al-Khazali, during a rally for the Shiite group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, in Baghdad, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP) By Bill Roggio March 26, 2020 The U.S. Department of State has added Asaib Ahl al Haq, an Iranian-backed Iraqi Shia [...]

By |March 26th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

New Iraqi prime minister-designate poses threat to Iran, opportunity for U.S.

An Iraqi protester hits a poster showing the leader of the IRGC Gen. Qassim Soleimani with a shoe during anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Nov. 3, 2019. (AP) By John Hannah March 25, 2020 The March 17 nomination of Adnan al-Zurfi as Iraq’s prime minister-designate highlights the extent to which Iran’s stranglehold on Iraqi politics could [...]

By |March 25th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran should pay $202 million to Iraq victim’s family: U.S. judge

The US Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington, May 14, 2018. (AP) March 25, 2020 The Iranian government should pay $202 million to the family of an Iraqi contractor working with the U.S. who was tortured and murdered in 2006 by a Tehran-backed group, a federal magistrate in New York recommended. The victim’s widow [...]

By |March 25th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Trump aides clash over escalating military showdown with Iran

US President Donald Trump. (Reuters) March 23, 2020 The White House witnessed this week a tense debate between the US president and his top advisers whether Washington should escalate military action against Iran. “One group, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Robert C. O’Brien, the national security adviser, urged a tough response [...]

By |March 23rd, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Trump, Pompeo walk to brink of blaming Iran for rocket attack

When Pompeo was asked about whether Iran was responsible, Trump interjected: “We know plenty". (AP) March 21, 2020 President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday came close to blaming Iran for a rocket attack in Iraq last week in which two American troops and a British service member were [...]

By |March 21st, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

America is getting a close look at Iran’s Qiam missiles whether it wanted to or not

Iran launched attacks on Iraqi bases housing US forces in retaliation for a US drone strike in Baghdad last Friday that killed a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, Jan 8, 2020. (Getty) By Sebastien Roblin March 20, 2020 The Qiam was assessed as landing on average within 500 meters of a target—an improvement over some [...]

By |March 20th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iraqi premiership candidate rejected by Iran-backed blocs

Cardboard cutouts of Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis who were killed in a U.S. airstrike, are seen during the forty days memorial in Baghdad, Feb 11, 2020. (Reuters) March 20, 2020 Iraqi Prime Minister-designate, and former Najaf governor, Adnan al-Zurfi has not made any progress yet after a number of prominent [...]

By |March 20th, 2020|Iraq|

Iran repeatedly attacks US troops as coronavirus outbreak distracts public attention

Armoured vehicles of Iraq's Iran-backed Popular Mobilisation Forces militias advance through Anbar province in the western desert bordering Syria on November 25, 2017. (AFP) By Joel Gehrke March 20, 2020 Iran-controlled forces are launching rockets at U.S. troops in Iraq while Western leaders focus on a coronavirus pandemic that threatens to overwhelm hospital networks [...]

By |March 20th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|