Iraqi official: US interests in Iraq safe from Iranian proxy attacks

Trump delivers remarks to US troops in an unannounced visit to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Dec 26, 2018. (AP) May 14, 2019 Iraqi statesmen and officials have been voicing their fears of their country being caught in the eye of the storm whirling between Washington and Tehran as a conflict of interests [...]

By |May 14th, 2019|Iraq|

The flash point between America and Iran could be Iraq’s militias

Iraqi Shia militiamen hold portraits of Iran's late leader Khomeini (C), Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei (L) and Iraq's top Shia cleric Ali al-Sistani during a parade in Baghdad, last year. (Reuters) By Mike Giglio May 10, 2019 All the Americans could do was shake their heads as a Shiite militia flag waved above their [...]

By |May 10th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran-backed armed groups in Iraq ‘placed on high alert’

Members of Iraqi Shiite militia take part in a training course at a military barracks in Nikheb town near Ramadi city, southwest of Iraq, 20 May 2015. (EPA) May 10, 2019 Iraqi armed groups backed by Iran have been placed on high alert to respond to any action by the US amid growing [...]

By |May 10th, 2019|Iraq|

Iraq reduces imports from Iran by 45 percent

General view of Parviz Khan border between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan, Iraq January 2, 2018. (Reuters) May 10, 2019 Iraq has substantially curtailed imports from Iran, according to an economic daily published in Tehran. The report says part of the restriction on Iranian imports stem from general bans on a range of products, [...]

By |May 10th, 2019|Iraq|

To deter Iran, understand the IRGC and Iraqi politics

Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces militants backed by Iran. (Supplied) By Tom Rogan May 8, 2019 Absent U.S. deterrence, the Iranian hardliners target U.S. interests, hence the newly announced deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the Persian Gulf. With its recent increase in U.S. Navy deployments near Iran, the Trump administration wants to [...]

By |May 8th, 2019|Iraq|

Why Shia clerics are turning on Iran’s theocracy

A poster of Shiite spiritual leader Ali al-Sistani, in Baghdad, Iraq,, May 22, 2014. (AP) May 4, 2019 The murder of an imam ought to provoke horror. But after a bodybuilder gunned down Mostafa Qassemi, a cleric in the western Iranian city of Hamedan, on April 27th over 100,000 people followed the killer on [...]

By |May 4th, 2019|Iraq|

Iraq fears getting caught in US-Iran conflict

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet members of the U.S. military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base, in Iraq, December 26, 2018. (AFP) April 30, 2019 Concerns have been growing in Iraq that it will be dragged into the raging conflict between the United States and Iran [...]

By |April 30th, 2019|Iraq|

Cornered by Iran sanctions, Turkey is said to eye Iraqi oil

An oil field is seen in Dibis area on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq October 17, 2017. (REUTERS) April 30, 2019 Turkey is seeking ways to buy more oil from Iraq, already a major supplier of crude to the Middle East’s biggest economy, as the U.S. looks to squeeze exports from Iran, according to [...]

By |April 30th, 2019|Iraq, Turkey|

Accusation about Khamenei’s wealth angers pro-Iran Shiite clerics in Iraq

Iraqi Shia militiamen hold portraits of Iran's late leader Ayatollah Khomeini (C), Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (L) and Iraq's top Shia cleric Ali al-Sistani during a parade in Baghdad, last year. (Reuters) April 27, 2019 Accusation about Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's wealth has stirred controversy in political circles in Iraq [...]

By |April 27th, 2019|Iraq|

Iraq ‘ready’ to boost crude exports after Iran waivers end

Flames emerge from flare stacks at the oil fields in Kirkuk, Iraq October 18, 2017. (REUTERS) April 23, 2019 Iraq is ready to boost oil exports by 250,000 barrels a day to compensate for any shortfalls once US sanctions waivers for Iranian oil end, a government official said Monday. The US last year re-imposed [...]

By |April 23rd, 2019|Iraq|