Iran says two border crossings to Iraq closed due to unrest

General view of Parviz Khan border between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan, Iraq January 2, 2018. (Reuters) October 3, 2019 Two border crossings to Iraq, including one widely used by Iranian pilgrims, have been closed because of unrest in Iraq, the semi-official news agency Mehr quoted Iran’s border guards commander as saying on Thursday. General [...]

By |October 3rd, 2019|Iraq|

Iraq suspends consulate activities in Iran after two diplomats attacked by police

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali al-Hakim (R) receives Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif (L) in Baghdad during an official visit. (AFP) October 2, 2019 Iranian news outlets have widely denied reports that Baghdad has ordered the Iraqi consulate to suspend its activities in Iran's second-largest city, Mashhad. Speaking to the state-run Iran [...]

By |October 2nd, 2019|Iraq|

Iran hand seen in removal of popular Iraqi military commander

Protesters gather near the main provincial government building in Basra, Iraq July 15, 2018.. (REUTERS) October 1, 2019 The Iraqi prime minister’s removal of a top military commander from his post triggered heated political protests and uncertainty over the weekend, at a time of soaring tensions between the country’s chief security partners in [...]

By |October 1st, 2019|Iraq|

Iranian bank opening 7 branches in Iraq

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in Tehran, Iran, April 6, 2019.(REUTERS) September 30, 2019 According to Chairman of Iranian Private Banks Institute Koorosh Parvizian, the Iranian private bank has already opened two of the seven branches in Iraq. He noted that opening of the new banks in the Arab [...]

By |September 30th, 2019|Iraq|

Airstrikes said to hit Iran-backed militia in Iraq close to the Syrian border

Popular Mobilization Forces members stand by a burning truck after a drone attack blamed on Israel near Qaim border crossing, in Anbar province, Iraq, August 25, 2019. (AP) September 28, 2019 Unknown aircraft reportedly struck bases belonging to Iranian-backed militias in Iraq close to the Syrian border late Friday night. The Shiite fighters [...]

By |September 28th, 2019|Iraq|

Iranian official threatens to target US forces in Iraq

Trump delivers remarks to US troops in an unannounced visit to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Dec 26, 2018. (AP) September 27, 2019 Iran’s ambassador to Iraq said on Friday that his country will not hesitate to attack US forces in Iraq and “anywhere else,” in the case of an American attack on [...]

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

How Iranian involvement in fighting IS in Iraq was intended to protect Iran’s national and transnational interests

Members of the Iran-backed Hezbollah Brigades flash the victory sign while holding an Islamic State group flag in southern Iraq in October 2014. (APA) By Track Persia September 24, 2019 Iran’s strategy in Iraq has been the focus of many discussions, however, in light of Iran’s actions and strategic policy, Iran seems to [...]

By |September 24th, 2019|Iraq|

Pro-Iran Shiite militias in Iraq expanding despite Iraqi leaders’ efforts to curtail them

Fighters of Hashed Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization units) flash the victory gesture as they advance through a street in the town of Tal Afar, August 26, 2017. (AFP) September 24, 2019 Pro-Iranian Shiite militias in Iraq known as Popular Mobilization Forces are becoming bolder, despite calls by Iraq’s Shiite spiritual leader and prime minister [...]

By |September 24th, 2019|Iraq|

New strike targets Iran-backed PMF base in Iraq

Explosions seen at a PMF base south of Baghdad on August 12, 2019. (Twitter) September 23, 2019 An Iraqi security official and a Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) commander said Sunday a new airstrike targeted a PMF base in the western Anbar province. The strike missed the base, landing outside the perimeter and causing [...]

By |September 23rd, 2019|Iraq|

Iraq’s stability on the line as US, Iran tensions soar

An Iraqi Shia cleric waves an Iranian flag during a protest against the torching of the Iranian Consulate in Basra, on September 15. (AFP) By Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Zeina Karam September 21, 2019 As the United States and Israel escalate their push to contain Iranian influence in the Middle East, countries in Tehran’s [...]

By |September 21st, 2019|Iraq|