Pro-Iranian militias could spell Iraq’s doom

Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces backed by Iran. (Supplied) By Hamed al-Kilani September 22, 2018 The Iranian regime does not treat Iraq as an independent and sovereign state. The way it interprets the concept of foreign interference is completely different from international norms, so much so that it perceives any interference in Iraq’s internal affairs [...]

By |September 22nd, 2018|Iraq|

Tehran’s push to force US exit from Iraq

Iraqi protesters burn tires and block the road at the entrance to the city of Basra. (AFP) By Amir Toumaj September 22, 2018 While Iranian-backed parties are moving to form a government in Baghdad that could force the US to exit the country, they face growing public anger in oil-rich Basra over governance failures. [...]

By |September 22nd, 2018|Iraq|

Will Iraqi territory be used to fire rockets on Israel from Iran?

Iran's Revolutionary Guards fire longer-range missiles with a range of up to 2,000 km in the central desert outside the holy city of Qom during a military maneuver. (IRAN) By Yonah Jeremy Bob September 21, 2018 Tehran, not Baghdad, will determine whether to launch Iranian rockets stationed in Iraq against Israel, former National Security [...]

By |September 21st, 2018|Iraq, Isreal|

The smart way to sanction Iranian-backed militias in Iraq

Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) are seen in Zumar, Nineveh province, Iraq October 18, 2017. (REUTERS) By Michael Knights September 19, 2018 On September 19, the Senate will introduce the “Iranian Proxies Terrorist Sanctions Act,” which calls for imposing U.S. sanctions on two Iranian-controlled Iraqi militias, Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) and Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba [...]

By |September 19th, 2018|Iraq|

Kurdish militants vow ‘new resistance’ against Iran following missile attacks

A militiaman of the Kurdistan Freedom Party, an Iranian Kurdish opposition group, looks over the sandbags at a section of the frontline near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, Sept. 5, 2016. (AP) September 18, 2018 Iranian Kurdish militants who were targeted by Iranian missile strikes earlier this month at a headquarters in Iraqi [...]

By |September 18th, 2018|Iraq|

In Iraq, Tehran plays with fire

Protesters gather near the main provincial government building in Basra, Iraq July 15, 2018.. (REUTERS) By Ali Alfoneh September 18, 2018 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s September 10 visit to Basra came after an increasingly tense security situation in the southern Iraqi city. Violent protests claimed at least 15 lives, the airport in Basra, [...]

By |September 18th, 2018|Iraq|

Fears from surge of Iran’s Basij version in Iraq

Demonstrators step on an Israeli flag during a protest on September 15, 2018, against the torching of the Iranian Consulate and the Popular Mobilization headquarters during recent protests in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. (AFP) September 17, 2018 The Popular Mobilization Committee office in Basra has announced the establishment of “mobilization forces [...]

By |September 17th, 2018|Iraq|

U.S. moves towards addressing Iran’s interference in Iraq

Protesters hold a sign belonging to the Iranian consulate building before storming and burning it in Basra, 340 miles (550 km) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP) September 17, 2018 The Iranian regime’s interference in Iraq has been very detrimental to the country’s stability. The people of Iraq, in particular [...]

By |September 17th, 2018|Iraq|

How the U.S. could lose Iraq to creeping Iranian influence

Protesters gather near the main provincial government building in Basra, Iraq July 15, 2018.. (REUTERS) By Seth J. Frantzman September 15, 2018 US Congressman Ted Poe has been pushing to sanction Iranian-backed militias in Iraq. In mid-August he spoke about the need to “stand up to Iran’s proxies” in Iraq. “The country is attempting [...]

By |September 15th, 2018|Iraq|

Iran steps up quest to dominate Iraq with attack on Kurds

Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDPI) inspect damage at their party headquarters in Koysinjaq, 100 kilometres east of Irbil, September 12, 2018. (AFP) By Majid Rafizadeh September 15, 2018 Although Iran’s rising influence in the region is in the spotlight, Tehran’s treatment of Kurds has been receiving less attention. [...]

By |September 15th, 2018|Iraq|