Zarif meeting tribal leaders in Iraq provokes ire, criticism

Javad Zarif meeting with Iraqi tribal leaders triggered a heavy backlash against Iran. (Supplied) January 18, 2019 Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif meeting with Iraqi tribal leaders triggered a heavy backlash against Iran, as activists and politicians said the diplomat’s behavior wasn’t aligned with international and diplomatic conventions. Zarif had been engaged in [...]

By |January 18th, 2019|Iraq|

Int’l Crisis Group: Iraq likely theater of US-Iran tension

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet members of the U.S. military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base, in Iraq, December 26. (AFP) January 17, 2019 The International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned that Iraq could turn into the main battlefield of confrontation between the United States and [...]

By |January 17th, 2019|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iraq-Iran football match prompts awkward silence from Tehran-backed politicians in Baghdad

Iran vs. Iraq in AFC Asian Cup. (Supplied) January 17, 2019 A much-anticipated football match between Iran and Iraq on Wednesday ended in an anticlimactic 0-0 draw. But in Baghdad, the Asian Cup clash proved fertile ground for Iraqi fans to poke fun at the crisis-ridden new government and express their rejection of [...]

By |January 17th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran worried about Jordanian-Iraqi rapprochement

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali al-Hakim (R) receives Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif (L) in Baghdad during an official visit. (AFP) January 15, 2019 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif continued on Monday his official visit to Iraq, which coincides with the first trip in a decade by Jordan's King Abdullah II. [...]

By |January 15th, 2019|Iraq, Jordan|

US sanctions weigh heavily on Zarif visit to Baghdad

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif. (AP) January 14, 2019 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif arrived in Baghdad on Sunday on an official visit to Iraq. Zarif and the accompanying political and economic delegation were welcomed at the airport by his counterpart Mohammed Ali al-Hakim. This marks the first visit by the [...]

By |January 14th, 2019|Iraq|

WSJ: White House asked Pentagon for options to strike Iran

US President Donald Trump speaks alongside National Security Adviser John Bolton (L) during a Cabinet Meeting in the White House, May 9, 2018. (AFP) January 14, 2019 The White House’s national security team last autumn asked the Pentagon to provide it with options for striking Iran after a group of militants aligned with Tehran [...]

By |January 14th, 2019|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iraq: As Iran-backed Shiite militias expand their reach, concerns about an ISIS revival grow

Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) fighters stand on a hill at the Iraqi-Syrian border near al-Qaim, Iraq. November 25, 2018. Picture taken November 25, 2018. (REUTERS) January 11, 2019 Iraq’s large and well-armed Shiite militias are now running many of the Sunni areas they helped liberate from the Islamic State, fostering local resentments that [...]

By |January 11th, 2019|Iraq|

Iraq has stopped issuing work visas for Iranians

General view of Parviz Khan border between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan, Iraq January 2, 2018. (Reuters) January 8, 2019 The number of Iranians working in Iraq has dropped from 20,000 to 5,000 since Baghdad stopped issuing work visas for the citizens of the Islamic Republic, says the Governor General of Kurdistan province, western [...]

By |January 8th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran’s fading economic presence in Iraq can be costly, says MP

Nov. 10, 2018 photo, visitors tour the Iranian wing of the Baghdad International Fair, in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP) January 2, 2019 The chairman of Iran’s national security and foreign policy commission has said that his country’s economic balance sheet in Iraq is “negative”, and Turkey and Saudi Arabia have assumed a larger economic [...]

By |January 2nd, 2019|Iraq|

Iran in its Iraqi ‘backyard’

Iran’s ambassador to Iraq Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi. (Tasnim) December 31, 2018 It often happens that an excuse is even worse than the deed it seeks to justify. However, it is very rare to see so many people defending an excuse like we’ve seen after the Iranian ambassador to Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi, left [...]

By |December 31st, 2018|Iraq|