Converting Iraq’s army into an IRGC incarnation

Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) are seen in Zumar, Nineveh province, Iraq October 18, 2017. (REUTERS) July 15, 2019 Since the beginning of its revolution, the Iranian regime has acted in accordance with a doctrinal frame that was the perfect cover for achieving old imperial ambitions embodied in a specific political system and [...]

By |July 15th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran strikes opposition positions on border with Iraqi Kurdistan

Damage to the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party headquarters in Koysinjaq after being targeted by IRGC, September 12, 2018. (AFP) July 12, 2019 Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards used drones and missiles to strike headquarters of a Kurdish militant group near Iran’s border with neighboring Iraq’s Kurdistan region, the Iranian semi-official Tasnim news agency reported [...]

By |July 12th, 2019|Iraq, Minorities|

Iran says killed 5 gunmen who crossed over from Iraq

Kurdish guerrillas on the Iraqi side of the border with Iran. (AP) July 12, 2019 Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it has killed five gunmen who crossed into a mostly Kurdish region from neighboring Iraq. The Guard says in a statement published on its website that one of its members was killed in the [...]

By |July 12th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran’s proxies defy Iraqi PM’s anti-militia decree

Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi arrives at the Parliament building in the heavily guarded Green Zone, Baghdad. (AP) By Baria Alamuddin July 8, 2019 The recent trilateral meeting in Jerusalem, between Russia, the US and Israel, has been subjected to drastically different assessments: From those who melodramatically view it as a new Sykes-Picot [...]

By |July 8th, 2019|Iraq|

How Iraqi-Iranian militias’ arms trafficking networks bypass US sanctions

Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Nujaba armed group march during a military parade marking Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day in Baghdad, May 31, 2019. (AFP) July 5, 2019 The recent US sanctions on the Iraqi-based South Wealth Resources Company (SWRC) have shined a light on how Iranian-backed militias are continuing to receive arms legally [...]

By |July 5th, 2019|Iraq|

Iraqi PM takes a gamble with move on Iran-backed militias

Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi arrives at the Parliament building in the heavily guarded Green Zone, Baghdad. (AP) July 4, 2019 The Iraqi government’s move this week to place Iranian-backed militias under the command of the armed forces is a political gamble by a prime minister increasingly caught in the middle of [...]

By |July 4th, 2019|Iraq|

Why Iran’s agents hound political refugees in distant Albania

An attack on the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK) base at Camp Liberty in Iraq on Oct 29, 2015 killed 26 people claimed by the al-Mukhtar Army, a Shi’ite militia backed by Iran. (Supplied) By Emina Osmandzikovic July 3, 2019 They are among the most dedicated and formidable opponents of the Tehran regime, but since their [...]

By |July 3rd, 2019|Europe, Iraq|

Iran is opening a new regional front in Iraq, the US must act

Iraqi militia members hold portraits of Shiite Huthi rebels' leader in Yemen, Abdulmalik al-Huthi (R) and General Qassem Suleimani (L), the commander of the Quds Force, the foreign operations arm of Iran's IRGC. (AFP) By Michael Pregent July 2, 2019 The US must act after Iran opened a new front in its regional [...]

By |July 3rd, 2019|Iraq|

Iraq to establish special financial mechanism for trade with Iran

Iraqi President Barham Salih, right, shakes hands with visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, at Salam Palace in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, March 11, 2019. (AP) July 3, 2019 Iraq is planning to introduce a new financial mechanism that will enable it to continue gas and electricity imports from Iran, Iraqi sources said on July [...]

By |July 3rd, 2019|Iraq|

Iraqi PM issues decree curbing powers of Iran-allied militias

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) July 1, 2019 Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi issued a decree on Monday heavily curbing the powers of mostly Iranian-backed militias and forcing them to [...]

By |July 1st, 2019|Iraq|