World should be alarmed by Quds Force’s plan for Iraq

Qais al-Khazali (Left), Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (A.A.H.) commander sitting next to Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Qassem Soleimani. (INU) By Majid Rafizadeh May 23, 2019 The Iranian regime is prepared to once again employ political opportunism and use Iraq as a proxy battleground to advance the ruling clerics’ revolutionary, strategic and geopolitical objectives. One military [...]

By |May 23rd, 2019|Iraq|

Iran closes border crossing with Iraq citing ‘backlog’ of export goods

General view of Parviz Khan border between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan, Iraq January 2, 2018. (Reuters) May 22, 2019 The Iranian Customs Administration closed Soumar border crossing in Western Iran on Tuesday May 21, bringing export of Iranian goods to Iraq to a halt, Mehr news agency reported. A statement issued by the [...]

By |May 22nd, 2019|Iraq|

Iraq to send teams to Tehran, Washington to ‘halt tension’

Adel Abdul Mahdi, the Iraqi PM, addresses the Iraqi parliament during the vote on the new government, in Baghdad, October 24, 2018. (AFP) May 21, 2019 Iraq will send delegations to Washington and Tehran to help “halt tension” amid fears of a confrontation between the United States and Iran in the Middle East, [...]

By |May 21st, 2019|Iraq|

Trump threatens Iran as rocket hits near U.S. embassy in Baghdad

President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. (AP) May 20, 2019 After a rocket landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, President Donald Trump tweeted an ominous warning to Tehran saying, "If Iran wants to fight, that will the official end of [...]

By |May 20th, 2019|Iraq, Middle East, North America, USA|

Bahrain asks its citizens in Iran, Iraq to leave immediately on safety concerns

The shadow of a woman is cast on a wall of Al-Fateh Grand Mosque as she arrives holding a Bahraini flag at a pro-government rally in Manama February 21, 2012. (REUTERS) May 18, 2019 US-allied Bahrain warned its citizens on Saturday against travel to Iraq and Iran and asked those already there to [...]

By |May 18th, 2019|Bahrain, Iraq|

Exxon Mobil evacuates foreign staff out of Iraqi oilfield, amid rising tensions between the US and Iran

Employees walk past flames rising from the burning of excess natural gas at the Bin Omar natural gas station, Basra on January 12, 2017. (AFP) May 18, 2019 Exxon Mobil has evacuated all its foreign staff members out of Iraq’s West Qurna 1 oilfield and is flying them out to Dubai, three sources [...]

By |May 18th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran tells Iraq militias to prepare for proxy war

IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani with PMF members on the outskirts of the Iraqi city of Fallujah, July 2016. (Twitter) May 17, 2019 The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, has recently met Tehran-backed Iraqi militias in Baghdad and told them to “prepare for proxy war,” the Guardian reported. Two senior [...]

By |May 17th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran’s proxies are feeling the pinch of the new US sanctions

Shiite militiamen from Popular Mobilization forces in Iraq heading to the front line to fight Islamic State group militants in the Samarra on March 9, 2016. (AP) By Track Persia May 16, 2019 Iran and its allies in the region have started to feel the pinch of the impacts the new set of [...]

By |May 16th, 2019|Iraq, North America, USA|

Pompeo’s surprise Baghdad visit aimed at pressuring Iraq over pro-Iran militias

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department, Monday, May 7, 2018 in Washington. (AP) May 16, 2019 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s surprise visit to Baghdad this month came after US intelligence showed Iran-backed militias positioning rockets near bases housing US forces, two Iraqi security sources told Reuters. He told [...]

By |May 16th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran’s export to Iraq drop by 50%

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in Tehran, Iran, April 6, 2019.(REUTERS) May 16, 2019 Iraq has significantly reduced its imports from the Iranian Regime in the past month, according to an economic-focused newspaper published in Tehran. The report notes that part of the downfall in Iraq’s [...]

By |May 16th, 2019|Iraq|