Why Iran’s agents hound political refugees in distant Albania

An attack on the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK) base at Camp Liberty in Iraq on Oct 29, 2015 killed 26 people claimed by the al-Mukhtar Army, a Shi’ite militia backed by Iran. (Supplied) By Emina Osmandzikovic July 3, 2019 They are among the most dedicated and formidable opponents of the Tehran regime, but since their [...]

By |July 3rd, 2019|Europe, Iraq|

Iran is opening a new regional front in Iraq, the US must act

Iraqi militia members hold portraits of Shiite Huthi rebels' leader in Yemen, Abdulmalik al-Huthi (R) and General Qassem Suleimani (L), the commander of the Quds Force, the foreign operations arm of Iran's IRGC. (AFP) By Michael Pregent July 2, 2019 The US must act after Iran opened a new front in its regional [...]

By |July 3rd, 2019|Iraq|

Iraq to establish special financial mechanism for trade with Iran

Iraqi President Barham Salih, right, shakes hands with visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, at Salam Palace in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, March 11, 2019. (AP) July 3, 2019 Iraq is planning to introduce a new financial mechanism that will enable it to continue gas and electricity imports from Iran, Iraqi sources said on July [...]

By |July 3rd, 2019|Iraq|

Iraqi PM issues decree curbing powers of Iran-allied militias

Shiite militiamen from Popular Mobilization forces in Iraq heading to the front line to fight Islamic State group militants in the Samarra on March 9, 2016. (AP) July 1, 2019 Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi issued a decree on Monday heavily curbing the powers of mostly Iranian-backed militias and forcing them to [...]

By |July 1st, 2019|Iraq|

US says Saudi pipeline attacks originated in Iraq, pointing a finger at Iran-backed militias

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid al-Falih said that two oil-pumping stations for the East-West pipeline had been hit by explosive-laden drones. (Reuters) June 28, 2019 Drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry in May originated in Iraq, not Yemen, US officials have concluded, drawing questions from Iraqi officials who [...]

By |June 28th, 2019|Iraq, Saudi Arabia|

Iraq, Iran to search for remains of war missing persons

Haj Omran border crossing between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan, October 3, 2017 (Reuters) June 27, 2019 Technical committees from the defense ministries of Iraq and Iran have agreed to jointly search for the remains of tens of thousands of missing persons in the eight-year war between the two countries that ended in 1988. [...]

By |June 27th, 2019|Iraq|

US targeted Iranian-backed militia group in cyberattack

Iraqi Shiite militia Kata’ib Hezbollah marching with image of Ayatollah Khomeini showing where their loyalties lie. (BBC) June 27, 2019 The U.S. launched a major cyberattack against an Iranian proxy group in the days following the nation's downing of a U.S. drone it says entered Iranian airspace, according to CNN. The U.S. military conducted [...]

By |June 27th, 2019|Iraq, North America, USA|

US forces prepare to evacuate contractors from Iraqi base amid tension with Iran

US soldiers walk past army trucks during a logistical operation to clear equipment and heavy machinery from the Balad military base, north of Baghdad. (AFP) June 22, 2019 U.S. forces are preparing to evacuate hundreds of staff working for Lockheed Martin Corp and Sallyport Global from an Iraqi military base where they work [...]

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

Saudi official: Saudi Arabia working to minimize Iran influence in Iraq

Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir accused Iran of committing "countless crimes" including seeking to destabilize the region. (Reuters) June 21, 2019 Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said on Thursday that Saudi Arabia is working on minimizing Iran’s influence in Iraq and strengthening relations with Baghdad. [...]

By |June 21st, 2019|Iraq, Saudi Arabia|

Italian energy giant rejects suspected Iran oil as specifications didn’t match those of its contract for Iraqi oil

An Eni spokesman said that the specifications did not match those of its contract with Nigeria’s Oando PLC for Iraqi oil and it had properties consistent with Iranian crude. (Supplied) June 20, 2019 Italian oil company Eni SpA has rejected a shipment of suspected Iranian crude, as energy companies try to navigate the [...]

By |June 20th, 2019|Europe, Iraq|