Iran’s payback plan targets America

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 Seth J. Frantzman September 5, 2019 Iraqi leaders of the Popular Mobilization Forces, a group of mostly Shi’ite militias, have put out conflicting statements accusing the United States, Israel [...]

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

Baghdad’s crackdown on Iran-allied militias faces resistance

Iraqi Shiite militias take a position in the northern part of Diyala province, March 2, 2015. (AFP) August 29, 2019 At checkpoints leading into the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the flags of Brigade 30, a paramilitary force, still fly nearly two months after the Baghdad government ordered all militias to leave. Prime Minister [...]

By |August 29th, 2019|Iraq|

Iraqi PM’s government facing collapse over Israeli airstrikes on Iran-linked forces

Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi arrives at the Parliament building in the heavily guarded Green Zone, Baghdad. (AP) August 28, 2019 Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s government could be toppled within weeks in the wake of a series of strikes on targets associated with paramilitary groups linked to Iran, sources claim. Government [...]

By |August 28th, 2019|Iraq|

Two fighters killed in drone attack on Iran-backed forces in Iraq

Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim men from the Iranian-backed militia Kataib Hezbollah hold the party's flags as they walk along a street. (Reuters) August 26, 2019 Two paramilitary fighters were killed on Sunday in an unclaimed drone attack near Iraq’s western border with Syria, the powerful Hashed Al-Shaabi force said in a statement. The deaths [...]

By |August 26th, 2019|Iraq, Isreal|

Iran’s allies in Iraq face complex choice amid increasing “airstrikes”

Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, centre, the deputy head of the mostly Shiite forces known as the Popular Mobilization Units, attends a ceremony marking Police Day in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 9, 2016. (AP) By Seth J. Frantzman August 24, 2019 A divide within the Popular Mobilization Forces, a group of mostly Shi’ite militias that are seen [...]

By |August 24th, 2019|Iraq, Isreal|

Video of beaten Iraqi woman in Iran angers Iraqis

Shrine of 8th Shiite Imam in the northwest city of Mashhad. (MEHR) August 24, 2019 The spokesman for the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, Ahmad al-Sahaf says his office is "following with great interest" reports about an Iraqi woman being beaten at Iran’s Mashhad airport, Al Arabiya reported on Thursday August 22. The remarks were made after [...]

By |August 24th, 2019|Iraq|

Iranian-backed militia: Israeli attacks on Iraqi bases ‘declaration of war

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) August 24, 2019 Ahmed al-Asadi, a Popular Mobilization Forces official, said on Wednesday that the targeting of PMF headquarters at two bases over the past few weeks and [...]

By |August 24th, 2019|Iraq, Isreal|

Between Iran and the US: Iraq struggles to stay neutral

Protesters hold a sign belonging to the Iranian consulate building before storming and burning it in Basra, Iraq, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP) August 23, 2019 In May, thousands of Iraqis took to the streets of Baghdad, chanting: “No to war! Yes to Iraq.” They were referring the possibility of military confrontation between [...]

By |August 23rd, 2019|Iraq|

US officials confirm Israeli strike on Iranian weapons depot in Iraq

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds up a piece of an Iranian drone shot down in Israeli airspace during the Munich Security Conference, on February 18. (AFP) August 23, 2019 US officials confirm Israel was responsible for the bombing of an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq last month. The confirmation comes as Israel’s [...]

By |August 23rd, 2019|Iraq, Isreal|

US, Russia gave Israel green light to strike Iran in Syria, Iraq

An Israeli Air Force F-16 fighter jets. (Flash90) August 22, 2019 Israel has conducted several strikes on Iranian-controlled bases in Syria and Iraq in recent weeks with permission from the United States and Russia, a Western diplomatic source told a Saudi-owned newspaper Wednesday. Moscow and Washington agreed that the Jewish state could conduct [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|Iraq, Isreal, Syria|