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Iraq border crossing is a potential gateway for Iranian weapons

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) By Andrew Gabel and David Adesnik March 23, 2019 Iraq is set to open a vital border crossing with Syria near the town of al-Qaim, according to recent reports, potentially allowing [...]

By |March 23rd, 2019|Iraq, Syria|

U.S. extends waiver to allow Iraq to buy Iranian energy supplies

Washington is continuing to work with Iraq to end its dependence on Iranian gas and electricity and to achieve energy independence. (Supplied) March 20, 2019 The United States is extending a waiver to allow Iraq to continue to buy electricity from Iran, despite sanctions imposed by Washington targeting Tehran’s energy sector. The original [...]

By |March 20th, 2019|Iraq|

U.S. pressures Iraq over embrace of militias linked to Iran

Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces militants backed by Iran. (Supplied) By Edward Wong and Eric Schmitt March 20, 2019 The United States’ attempts to isolate Iran, including by punishing Iraqi militias and politicians who are supported by Iranian officials, has deepened tensions not only between Washington and Baghdad but also within the Trump administration. [...]

By |March 20th, 2019|Iraq|

Top Iranian and Iraqi military brass meet with Assad in Damascus

Iran's Chief of Staff of Armed Forces, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, left, speaks during a press conference with Syria's defense minister Gen. Ali Ayoub, center, and Iraqi army commander, Gen. Osman Ghanemi in Damascus, Syria, Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP) March 19, 2019 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with a joint Iraqi-Iranian [...]

By |March 19th, 2019|Iraq, Syria|

Iran’s furtive occupation of Iraq’s Christian communities

Christians in Iraq fear the increasing Iranian influence in their already dwindling communities. (Fox News) By Lela Gilbert March 19, 2019 Will the Middle East’s shattered Christian villages, towns and cities somehow retain their religious and cultural heritage – which dates back to the first century? No one knows for sure, but due to [...]

By |March 19th, 2019|Iraq, Minorities|

Iranian border guard killed in fight with armed group near Iraq

Iran’s armed forces have been stepping up their presence along its borders to prevent smuggling, illegal immigration and militant infiltration.. (AFP) March 18, 2019 An Iranian guard was killed in a fight with an armed group near the western border with Iraq, local media reported on Monday. Iran’s armed forces have been stepping up their [...]

By |March 18th, 2019|Iran, Iraq|

Iran’s embrace of Iraq shows US sanctions are working

Iraqi President Barham Salih, right, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hold a press conference at Salam Palace in Baghdad, Iraq, March 11, 2019. (AP) By Majid Rafizadeh March 18, 2019 Iran’s state-controlled news outlets and politicians have put significant emphasis on the relationship between Baghdad and Tehran after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last week [...]

By |March 18th, 2019|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iranian President’s Iraq trip signifies broader imperial goals

Iraqi President Barham Salih, right, shakes hands with visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, at Salam Palace in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, March 11, 2019. (AP) By Edward Carney March 16, 2019 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani concluded his three-day visit to neighboring Iraq on Wednesday. The trip appeared to highlight the escalating tensions between Iran [...]

By |March 16th, 2019|Iraq|

Government website deletes video portraying Rouhani as key leader

Iraqi President Barham Salih, right, shakes hands with visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, at Salam Palace in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, March 11, 2019. (AP) March 13, 2019 The official website of President Hassan Rouhani's administration has deleted a controversial video describing the implications of Rouhani's meeting with Iraq's top Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali [...]

By |March 13th, 2019|Iran, Iraq|

It’s all about appearances in Iranian president’s Iraq visit

Iraqi President Barham Salih, right, shakes hands with visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, at Salam Palace in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, March 11, 2019. (AP) March 13, 2019 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took a massive delegation with him to Baghdad on Monday. He showed them off at a long table in meetings with Iraqi officials; at [...]

By |March 13th, 2019|Iraq|