US terror designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards leaves Iraq with no room to maneuver

IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani with PMF members on the outskirts of the Iraqi city of Fallujah, July 2016. (Twitter) April 11, 2019 No sooner had the United States announced its terrorist designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) on Monday that Tehran retaliated by blacklisting the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) in [...]

By |April 11th, 2019|Iraq|

Baghdad assures Tehran over US sanctions against Iran’s military presence

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in Tehran, Iran, April 6, 2019.(REUTERS) April 9, 2019 Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi visited Tehran over the weekend and assured Iran over US sanctions against its military presence. On the sidelines of his Sunday meeting with his Iraqi counterpart, [...]

By |April 9th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran says reaches understanding with Iraq to develop two oilfields

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in Tehran, Iran, April 6, 2019.(REUTERS) April 8, 2019 Iran and Iraq have reached an understanding about developing two oilfields on their mutual border, Iran’s oil minister was quoted saying on Sunday, a day after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for [...]

By |April 8th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran’s Khamenei urges Iraq to force out U.S. troops ‘as soon as possible’

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at a meeting in Tehran, August 13, 2018. (AP) April 6, 2019 Iran’s top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged Iraq on Saturday to demand U.S. troops leave “as soon as possible”, during a visit by Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi that showed off Tehran’s strong [...]

By |April 6th, 2019|Iraq, North America, USA|

Rouhani says Iran ready to expand gas, power trade with Iraq

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in Tehran, Iran, April 6, 2019. (REUTERS) April 6, 2019 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for Iran and neighboring Iraq to expand their gas and electricity trade and work towards fulfilling a plan to connect their railroads. “The plans [...]

By |April 6th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran responsible for deaths of 608 American troops in Iraq

Iraqi Hezbollah members parade in Baghdad with a portrait of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (AP) By Jerry Dunleavy April 5, 2019 The U.S. military has revealed it believes Iran has helped kill 608 U.S. troops in Iraq since 2003, according to newly revealed and formerly-classified numbers. "In Iraq, I can announce today, based [...]

By |April 5th, 2019|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iraq PM to make first official Iran visit on Saturday

Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi arrives at the Parliament building in the heavily guarded Green Zone, Baghdad. (AP) April 4, 2019 Iraqi premier Adel Abdel Mahdi will travel to Iran on Saturday, a member of his office said, in his first official visit to the country rivaling Washington for influence over Baghdad. [...]

By |April 4th, 2019|Iraq|

Why Iran is so afraid of a free Iraq

Protesters trample a portrait of Iran's supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, during the storming and burning the Iranian consulate in Basra, 340 miles (550 km) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP) By Michael Rubin April 2, 2019 On March 15, 2019, Hassan Rouhani became the first sitting president of the Islamic [...]

By |April 2nd, 2019|Iraq|

Earthquake strikes Iranian province of Kermanshah near Iraqi border

Iranians salvage a rug as they bring it down from a damaged building in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab in the western Kermanshah province near the border with Iraq, on November 14, 2017, following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake. (AP) April 1, 2019 A 5.2-magnitude earthquake on Monday struck the western Iranian province of Kermanshah [...]

By |April 1st, 2019|Iran, Iraq|

Iran seeks to ‘project regional power’ using its influence in Iraq

Iraqi President Barham Salih, right, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hold a press conference at Salam Palace in Baghdad, Iraq, March 11, 2019. (AP) March 30, 2019 The National Interest Online reported March 28 that Iran is trying to outmanoeuvre the United States in Iraq. An article by Seth Franzman says that Iranian [...]

By |March 30th, 2019|Iraq|