Iraq to exchange food for Iranian gas, seeks US approval

An Iraqi worker unloads a truck from Iran, loaded with cosmetics, in Baghdad, Iraq August 17, 2018. (REUTERS) November 14, 2018 Iraq has agreed with Iran to exchange Iraqi food items for Iranian gas and energy supplies, two Iraqi government officials said on Wednesday. Baghdad is now seeking U.S. approval to allow it [...]

By |November 14th, 2018|Iraq|

In Iraq’s parliament, Iran-backed Shi’ite militia leaders plan to call the shots

A poster of Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini is seen outside the headquarters of a Shi'ite group Martyrs Movement in Basra, Iraq November 8, 2018. (Reuters) November 14, 2018 In May, Hassan Fada'am traded his military fatigues for a suit when he became one of 45 Shi'ite militiamen elected to Iraq's 329-seat [...]

By |November 14th, 2018|Iraq|

US targets Iran-backed Hezbollah Iraq network with new sanctions

Members of Iraqi Shi'ite from the Iranian-backed militia Kataib Hezbollah. (Supplied) November 13, 2018 The US Treasury expanded its attack on Hezbollah's financial network Tuesday, hitting key representatives of the Lebanese militant group in Iraq with sanctions. The Treasury blacklisted Shibl Muhsin 'Ubayd Al-Zaydi, Yusuf Hashim, Adnan Hussein Kawtharani, and Muhammad 'Abd-Al-Hadi Farhat [...]

By |November 13th, 2018|Iraq|

Iraq urges U.S. to consider its position in talks on Iran sanctions

Iranian rials are seen at a currency exchange shop in Baghdad, Iraq August 8, 2018. (REUTERS) November 12, 2018 Iraq's president on Sunday urged the United States to consider Baghdad's political and economic position as the countries negotiate on relief for Iraq from Washington's reimposed sanctions against Iran. The United States said on [...]

By |November 12th, 2018|Iraq|

US grants Iraq 45-day waiver over Iran sanctions to import gas, electricity: US Embassy

A shop worker arranges the cans of Iranian tomato paste at a super market in the city of Najaf, Iraq October 7, 2018. (REUTERS) November 10, 2018 Iraq can continue to import natural gas and energy supplies from Iran for a period of 45 days, the United States has said, several days after [...]

By |November 10th, 2018|Iraq|

Hezbollah strongly interfering in Iraq’s govt. crisis

Adel Abdul Mahdi, the new prime minister, addresses the Iraqi parliament during the vote on the new government, in Baghdad, October 24, 3018. (AFP) November 9, 2018 The Lebanese Hezbollah party has been interfering in internal political affairs in Iraq, especially recent government formation efforts. Iraqi sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the party’s [...]

By |November 9th, 2018|Iraq|

US report: Iran provoking and threatening the US in Syria and Iraq

U.S. forces set up a new base in Manbij, Syria May 8, 2018. Picture Taken May 8, 2018. (REUTERS) By Seth J. Frantzman November 8, 2018 Iranian forces in Syria may present a threat to the US and in Iraq the Iranian threat is increasing, according to a new report from the US Department [...]

By |November 8th, 2018|Iraq, North America, Syria, USA|

Iraq gets exemption from U.S. sanctions on Iran’s energy exports

Oil tankers line up at an Erbil refinery, north of Iraq. (Getty) November 7, 2018 Iraq will continue to have access to the energy it needs from Iran to generate and supply electricity, Brian Hook, the special representative for Iran at the U.S. State Department, said Monday on a media conference call. “Iraq [...]

By |November 7th, 2018|Iraq|

Decoding Iran’s politics: Strategic gains of the Arba’een pilgrimage

The Arba'een Pilgrimage takes place at the end of the 40-day mourning period following Ashura, the anniversary of the martyrdom of the third Shia Imam, Hossein in Karbala, Iraq. (Supplied) By H Rastgoo November 6, 2018 The Arba'een Pilgrimage is held every year in Karbala, Iraq, and is believed to be the second largest [...]

By |November 6th, 2018|Iraq|

Why is Tehran recruiting Daesh militants?

An ISIS militant waves the group’s flag in Raqqa, Syria, in June 2014. (Reuters) By Baria Alamuddin November 5, 2018 I am constantly astounded at how otherwise-sensible journalists and diplomats are willing to believe Iranian and Russian professions of good faith, despite all evidence to the contrary. Earlier this year, many credulous figures pronounced [...]

By |November 5th, 2018|Iraq, Syria|