Iranian-backed militias threaten US forces in Iraq

Iraqi Shi’ite militia members parade in Baghdad with a portrait of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (AP) February 5, 2019 Members of Hashd al-Shaabi, the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias in Iraq, can be seen warning US troops near Mosul against “provocations,” in a video posted over the weekend. US troops on patrol in [...]

By |February 5th, 2019|Iraq|

7 Iranian pilgrims wounded in shooting attack in Iraq

Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims gather as they commemorate the Arbaeen outside of Imam al-Hussein shrine in Karbala, Iraq, November 10, 2017. (Reuters) February 4, 2019 Police and medical officials say seven Iranian Shiite pilgrims traveling in central Iraq were wounded when their bus came under attack by unidentified gunmen. The officials said late Sunday [...]

By |February 4th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran has vital stakes in Iraq’s vassalage

An Iraqi Shia cleric waves an Iranian flag during a protest against the torching of the Iranian Consulate in Basra, on September 15. (AFP) February 4, 2019 The Iraqi political reality is confusing because of accumulated problems, especially those related to living conditions and security. Parents and millions of widows live in a [...]

By |February 4th, 2019|Iraq|

Trump wants US military in Iraq to ‘watch Iran’

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet members of the U.S. military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base, in Iraq, December 26. (AFP) February 4, 2019 US President Donald Trump said it was important to keep a US military presence in Iraq so that Washington can keep a [...]

By |February 4th, 2019|Iraq, North America, USA|

British official says Iraq must not rely on Iran economically

Minister State for the Middle East in the British Foreign office Alistair Burt. (AFP) January 28, 2019 Iraq must wean itself off economic reliance on Iran and become more energy self-sufficient, Britain's foreign office minister for the Middle East said on Sunday. Alistair Burt visited Iraq after a flurry of high-profile diplomacy in [...]

By |January 28th, 2019|Europe, Iraq|

Iraqi airspace is open for Israel to strike Iran

Israeli Air Force F-16 fighter jets take part in a ceremony for newly graduated air force pilots at Hatzerim Air Base, June 28, 2010. (REUTERS) By Ceng Sagnic January 25, 2019 Iraq emerges as a potential target for Israel as it steps up efforts to eliminate the Iranian land bridge to the Levant. Recent [...]

By |January 25th, 2019|Iraq, Isreal|

US forces in Iraq confuse pro-Iran factions

Trump delivers remarks to US troops in an unannounced visit to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Dec 26, 2018. (AP) January 23, 2019 From the halls of parliament to the lightning-fast rumor mills of social media, pro-Iran factions are demanding US troops withdraw from Iraq in a challenge to the country’s fragile government. [...]

By |January 23rd, 2019|Iraq|

Anti-Iran Kurdish Official: we want to establish independent state

Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) in Iran, Hossein Yazdan Bina. (Supplied) January 22, 2019 Vice President of the anti-Iran Kurdistan Freedom Party and commander of the military wing of the party, Hussein Yazdan Bina declared that the fate of any future Kurdish state will be decided by the people through ballot boxes. He told [...]

By |January 22nd, 2019|Iran, Iraq, Minorities|

US-led coalition: Iran-backed militia didn’t stop Iraq survey

IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani with PMF members on the outskirts of the Iraqi city of Fallujah, July 2016. (Twitter) January 19, 2019 The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) Friday denied it was blocked by Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) from conducting a military inspection in Iraq's Anbar province near the Syrian [...]

By |January 19th, 2019|Iraq|

Zarif’s meeting with Iraqi minorities and his empty promises for unity

When in Iraq, Zarif met with the Sunni Waqf and representatives of Christian, Mandaean, Turkmen and Izadi minorities, as well as other representatives. (Supplied) By Natasha Schmidt January 19, 2019 Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has spoken for “the need for deep, brotherly and respect-based relations between the people of Iran and Iraq” [...]

By |January 19th, 2019|Iraq|