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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|

Hook says Rouhani trip to Iraq ‘is not in the interest of Iraqi people’

Brian Hook, the US State Department’s special representative for Iran, speaks about the creation of the Iran Action Group at the State Department, in Washington, Thursday, August 16, 2018. (AFP) March 12, 2019 U.S. Special Representative Brian Hook questioned President Hassan Rouhani’s “motives” regarding Iraq, while the Iranian leader was visiting the neighboring [...]

By |March 12th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran’s Rouhani kicks off first official visit to Iraq, hails ‘special relations’

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 11, 2019 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has arrived in Baghdad for his first official visit to Iraq, state television reported, as Iraq is under pressure from the United [...]

By |March 11th, 2019|Iraq|

U.S. increases pressure on Iran with sanctions on militias in Iraq and Syria

Mourners carry the coffins of four militia members of a Shiite group, Harakat al-Nujaba movement of Islamic Resistance, during their funeral procession in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP) By Behnam Ben Taleblu March 11, 2019 The Trump administration on Tuesday sanctioned — for the first time — an [...]

By |March 11th, 2019|Iraq, Syria|

Zarif in Baghdad to prepare for Rouhani’s visit

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali al-Hakim (R) receives Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif (L) in Baghdad during an official visit. (AFP) March 11, 2019 Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived Saturday in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, to prepare for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s three-day visit starting Monday. Zarif will hold a series [...]

By |March 11th, 2019|Iraq|

US sanctions Iraqi Nujaba militia backed by Iran

Cleric Akram Kaabi, the leader of Iraqi Nujaba, meets Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (REUTERS) March 6, 2019 The US has sanctioned Harakat Hezbollah al Nujaba, a radical militia group of about 10,0000 fighters, as well as its leader Akram Kaabi, the Treasury Department said on Tuesday. Active [...]

By |March 6th, 2019|Iraq|