Unidentified aircraft targets IRGC and Hezbollah military camp in Iraq

Iraqi soldiers and members of Iraqi Shia militias backed by Iran carry the Iraqi flag during fighting with Isis militants, in Tikrit, Iraq, 31 March 2015. (Supplied) July 19, 2019 An unmanned aircraft dropped explosives on a base belonging to Iran-linked Shiite paramilitary groups in northern Iraq on Friday, killing at least one [...]

By |July 19th, 2019|Iraq|

Pence announces sanctions on Iranian-linked leaders in Iraq

US Vice President Mike Pence gives a speech during the 55th Munich Security Conference in Munich, southern Germany, on February 16, 2019. (AFP) July 19, 2019 Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that the United States is imposing sanctions on the leaders of two Iranian-linked militia groups in Iraq. "Let me be clear, [...]

By |July 19th, 2019|Iraq, North America, USA|

Eni issues fraud complaint over suspect Iraqi shipment contained Iranian crude targeted by US sanctions

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) July 19, 2019 Eni has filed a fraud complaint against its former head of oil trading over a suspect Iraqi crude oil shipment, [...]

By |July 19th, 2019|Europe, Iraq|

Iran-linked Qais Al-Khazali: A militant in politician’s disguise

Qais al-Khazali (Left), Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (A.A.H.) commander sitting next to Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Qassem Soleimani. (INU) July 16, 2019 Qais Al-Khazali poses in public as an Iraqi politician who understands and defends the national interest. When he is asked about his Iranian connections, he answers that he goes there only once [...]

By |July 16th, 2019|Iraq|

Converting Iraq’s army into an IRGC incarnation

Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) are seen in Zumar, Nineveh province, Iraq October 18, 2017. (REUTERS) July 15, 2019 Since the beginning of its revolution, the Iranian regime has acted in accordance with a doctrinal frame that was the perfect cover for achieving old imperial ambitions embodied in a specific political system and [...]

By |July 15th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran strikes opposition positions on border with Iraqi Kurdistan

Damage to the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party headquarters in Koysinjaq after being targeted by IRGC, September 12, 2018. (AFP) July 12, 2019 Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards used drones and missiles to strike headquarters of a Kurdish militant group near Iran’s border with neighboring Iraq’s Kurdistan region, the Iranian semi-official Tasnim news agency reported [...]

By |July 12th, 2019|Iraq, Minorities|

Iran says killed 5 gunmen who crossed over from Iraq

Kurdish guerrillas on the Iraqi side of the border with Iran. (AP) July 12, 2019 Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it has killed five gunmen who crossed into a mostly Kurdish region from neighboring Iraq. The Guard says in a statement published on its website that one of its members was killed in the [...]

By |July 12th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran’s proxies defy Iraqi PM’s anti-militia decree

Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi arrives at the Parliament building in the heavily guarded Green Zone, Baghdad. (AP) By Baria Alamuddin July 8, 2019 The recent trilateral meeting in Jerusalem, between Russia, the US and Israel, has been subjected to drastically different assessments: From those who melodramatically view it as a new Sykes-Picot [...]

By |July 8th, 2019|Iraq|

How Iraqi-Iranian militias’ arms trafficking networks bypass US sanctions

Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Nujaba armed group march during a military parade marking Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day in Baghdad, May 31, 2019. (AFP) July 5, 2019 The recent US sanctions on the Iraqi-based South Wealth Resources Company (SWRC) have shined a light on how Iranian-backed militias are continuing to receive arms legally [...]

By |July 5th, 2019|Iraq|

Iraqi PM takes a gamble with move on Iran-backed militias

Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi arrives at the Parliament building in the heavily guarded Green Zone, Baghdad. (AP) July 4, 2019 The Iraqi government’s move this week to place Iranian-backed militias under the command of the armed forces is a political gamble by a prime minister increasingly caught in the middle of [...]

By |July 4th, 2019|Iraq|