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|

Why is Rohani going to Iraq?

Protesters trample a portrait of Iran's supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, during the storming and burning the Iranian consulate in Basra, 340 miles (550 km) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP) March 4, 2019 Iranian President Hassan Rohani is scheduled to visit Iraq starting March 11. A series of preparatory [...]

By |March 4th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran fights to get around US sanctions in Iraq, Turkey, Russia and Syria

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (C), flanked by Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L), and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after posing for photographs in Tehran, Iran, ahead of their summit to discuss Syria, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP) February 26, 2019 A new customs gate in the Saray district of Turkey’s Van province is [...]

By |February 26th, 2019|Iraq, Russia, Syria, Turkey|

Iran wants to rule Iraq without US presence

Qais al-Khazali (Left), Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (A.A.H.) commander sitting next to Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Qassem Soleimani. (INU) February 25, 2019 Calls by Iran-backed Iraqi militia leaders for the withdrawal of US troops have grown in the past month but it’s far from clear the efforts will be successful. The militia leaders have [...]

By |February 25th, 2019|Iraq|

As Iran sinks financially, Iraqi militias generate funds via protection rackets

Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces militants backed by Iran. (Supplied) By Michael Flanagan February 16, 2019 In areas rife with corruption, lawful behavior is often punished as the forces of law enforcement do not work for the people but for the often malignant forces wielding actual power. Sadly, parts of Iraq are becoming feudal [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran-backed groups corner Iraq’s postwar scrap metal market

Sparks fly from a grinding wheel used by a worker to cut the remnants of destruction from the battle of Mosul, at an iron factory in Erbil, Iraq February 2, 2019. (REUTERS) February 13, 2019 The wrecks of vehicles used by Daesh militants as car bombs and other metal debris left by the [...]

By |February 13th, 2019|Iraq|