Secrets of Soleimani-led golden death squad

Commander of IRGC's Qods force Qassem Soleimani (L) with Iraqi pro-Iran militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis (R) in Karbala in June 2019. (Supplied) January 24, 2020 Before his death in a US air strike in Baghdad earlier this month, Qassem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC Quds Force, was one of the notorious names [...]

By |January 24th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran uses violence, politics to try to push US out of Iraq

Iran launched attacks on Iraqi bases housing US forces in retaliation for a US drone strike in Baghdad that killed a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, Jan 8, 2020. (Getty) January 24, 2020 Iran has long sought the withdrawal of American forces from neighboring Iraq, but the U.S. killing of an Iranian general [...]

By |January 24th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Tehran is no longer enjoying immunity with Trump’s rejection of separation between Tehran and its surrogates

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 8, 2018. (Reuters) January 22, 2020 By Track Persa In a long speech delivered on a screen in Nabatieh, Lebanon on Sunday, January 12, Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the [...]

By |January 22nd, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iraq bank says will stop handling Iran gas deals if US waiver ends

Workers set up a natural gas pipeline at Iraq's border with Iran in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, April 12, 2016. (Reuters) January 22, 2020 Iraq can face serious problems later in the year if the United States does not renew an exemption for Iraq from its sanctions to buy Iranian gas. The bank [...]

By |January 22nd, 2020|Iraq|

Iran tasked Nasrallah with uniting Iraqi proxies after Soleimani’s death

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (L), Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah (C), and Commander of Iran’s Quds Force Qassem Soleimani. ( January 17, 2020 The leaders of Iranian-backed paramilitary groups  in Iraq have agreed to put their differences aside and back Hadi al-Amiri as the new chairman of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) as part [...]

By |January 17th, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon|

Eleven US troops injured in Iran missile attack in Iraq: US military

Iran launched attacks on Iraqi bases housing US forces in retaliation for a US drone strike in Baghdad last Friday that killed a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, Jan 8, 2020. (Getty) January 17, 2020 Eleven US troops were treated for concussion symptoms as a result of the Jan. 8 Iranian missile attack on [...]

By |January 17th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran’s top leader praises attack on US bases in Iraq

People listen to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as he speaks at a ceremony in Tehran, Iran, June 4, 2019. (Reuters) January 17, 2020 Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a Friday prayers sermon that Iran’s missile strikes on US targets in Iraq showed it had divine support in delivering a [...]

By |January 17th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iraqis worry US-Iran tensions are eclipsing their protests

An Iraqi protester hits a poster showing the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's foreign wing, or Quds Force, Gen. Qassim Soleimani with a shoe during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Nov. 3, 2019. (AP) January 15, 2020 Young Iraqis who drove mass protests demanding sweeping political reforms are worried that the conflict [...]

By |January 15th, 2020|Iraq|

US troops clear rubble from Iraq base days after Iran strike

A bulldozer clears rubble and debris at Ain al-Asad airbase in Anbar, Iraq on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP) January 14, 2020 US troops were clearing rubble and debris on Monday from a military base housing American soldiers in western Iraq, days after it was struck by Iranian ballistic missiles. The Ain Al-Asad [...]

By |January 14th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iraq summons Iranian ambassador, refuses striking military bases on Iraqi lands

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali al-Hakim (R) receives Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif (L) in Baghdad during an official visit. (AFP) January 10, 2020 Iraq’s ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement on Thursday that it has summoned the Iranian ambassador to inform him of Iraq’s refusal to strike military bases [...]

By |January 10th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|