Iran, US heat up war of words

  US soldiers stand guard during the hand over ceremony of Qayyarah Airfield to Iraqi Security Forces, in Mosul, Iraq, March 27, 2020. (AP) April 03, 2020 Iran said Thursday it "only acts in self-defense" after President Donald Trump warned it against attacks on US troops in Iraq, as a new war of [...]

By |April 3rd, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran has no proxies, as Trump claims, but has friends: Iranian Foreign Minister

Iran Foreign minister Javad Zarif looks with representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs in Brussels on January 11, 2018. (AFP) April 2, 2020 Iran has no proxies but it has friends, tweeted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump said that the country [...]

By |April 2nd, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran general visits Baghdad, tries to forge political unity

Brigadier-General Esmail Qaani (Ghaani), IRGC Quds Force commander, undated. (IRNA) April 02, 2020 A top Iranian general arrived in Baghdad this week to try and unify Iraq’s fractured political leaders, Iraqi officials said Wednesday, as stiff opposition by one major bloc thwarts the chances the country’s latest prime minister-designate can form a government. [...]

By |April 2nd, 2020|Iraq|

Trump warns Iran against possible ‘sneak attack’ on U.S. in Iraq

President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington, Oct. 25, 2018. (AP) April 2, 2020 US President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned Iran and its proxies against attacking US troops or assets in Iraq, citing a possible “sneak attack” but giving no other details. “Upon information and belief, Iran or its [...]

By |April 2nd, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran Guards warn Washington against any attack on proxies In Iraq

Iraqi militia's have vowed to take more revenge for the January U.S. air attack that killed Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. (AFP) April 1, 2020 As Baghdad and commanders of Iran's close ally, Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (P.M.F.) warn of an imminent U.S. attack on Iran's Shi'ite militia proxies [...]

By |April 1st, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

An annual review of lies: Iran’s “lethal” attack against American forces in Iraq

A burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following a US airstrike which targeted Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad, Iraq, early Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. (AP) By H Rastgoo March 31, 2020 On January 3, an American drone strike near Baghdad International Airport killed General Ghasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) expeditionary [...]

By |March 31st, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran watchfully observes U.S. moves in Iraq as its proxies might come under fire

U.S. Brigadier General Vincent B. Barker (R) and Iraqi Staff Major General Mohammad Fadhel Abbas (2-R) attend the handover ceremony of Qayyarah Airfield West in Mosul, March 26, 2020. (EPA-EFE) March 30, 2020 Major U.S. newspapers say American troops are preparing for a confrontation with Iran's Shiite allies in Iraq. They also say the [...]

By |March 30th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Pentagon orders preparations to ‘destroy’ pro-Iran Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq

An Iraqi soldier wears a protective face mask and gloves as he stands guard during the hand over of Qayyarah Airfield from US-led coalition to Iraqi Forces, in Mosul, Iraq, March 26, 2020. (Reuters) March 28, 2020 The US Department of Defense has ordered its military commanders in Iraq to prepare for potential [...]

By |March 28th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

US imposes fresh sanctions on Iranian individuals, companies amid coronavirus

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announce new sanctions at the White House, January 10, 2020. (Reuters) March 26, 2020 The United States on Thursday blacklisted 20 Iran- and Iraq-based companies, officials and individuals, accusing them of supporting terrorist groups and ramping up pressure on Tehran even [...]

By |March 26th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

U.S. Department of State designates Iran-backed ‘League of the Righteous’ as Foreign Terrorist Organization

Iraq Protests Protesters burn Israeli and US flags while others carry posters with pictures of Qais al-Khazali, during a rally for the Shiite group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, in Baghdad, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP) By Bill Roggio March 26, 2020 The U.S. Department of State has added Asaib Ahl al Haq, an Iranian-backed Iraqi Shia [...]

By |March 26th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|