Iraqis furious with militiamen aiding Iran while ignoring troubles at home

Left to their fate. Vehicles sit at the edge of a flooded area in al-Qurna district in the Iraqi province of Basra, April 10, 2019. (AFP) April 23, 2019 Iraqis are furious with militia leaders who volunteered to help neighbouring Iran deal with its flood crisis while ignoring troubles caused by rising water [...]

By |April 23rd, 2019|Iraq|

Mohsen Rezaei: Loser of war, economics, and politics

  Mohsen Rezaei was a member of the Islamist Mansuroon, an armed Islamist rebel group founded in opposition to the Shah of Iran. (IRNA) By Ehsan Mehrabi April 20, 2019 Mohsen Rezaei was born with the name Sabzevar, but ever since Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, appointed him as Commander-in-Chief of [...]

By |April 20th, 2019|Iran, Iraq|

Opposition groups protest presence of foreign militias in Iran

Iraqi Shiite militia members arriving in Iran with dozens of small pick up trucks and cars. No sign of large aid trucks. April 13-14, 2019. (MNA) April 19, 2019 Four Iranian republican parties and political organizations have condemned the presence of foreign militia, including the Iraqi Hashd al-Sha'bi in flood stricken areas of [...]

By |April 19th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran: A flood of Iraqi militiamen

Iraqi Shiite militia arriving vehicles in Iran's Khuzestan province "to help in flood relief". April 11, 2019. (Supplied) By Shima Shahrabi April 17, 2019 “If we do not help the Revolution, then the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, Afghani Fatemiyoun, the Pakistani Zeinabyoun and the Yemeni Houthis will come to help the Revolution.” On March [...]

By |April 17th, 2019|Iraq|

Clashes in Mosul as Iran-backed militias battle security forces

Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) are seen in Zumar, Nineveh province, Iraq October 18, 2017. (REUTERS) April 16, 2019 Clashes erupted between the Iraqi federal police and Iran-backed militias in Mosul on Sunday. A gun battle began when Iraqi police stopped the militias entering western Mosul. Two police officers were injured. The militias, [...]

By |April 16th, 2019|Iraq|

Basra’s Iranian drugs crisis

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) April 15, 2019 The Iraqi city of Basra is dealing with a major drug crisis that came over from Iran, but depleted police [...]

By |April 15th, 2019|Iraq|

Arrival of Iraqi Shiite militia triggers angry reactions among Iranians

Iraqi Shiite militia arriving vehicles in Iran's Khuzestan province "to help in flood relief". April 11, 2019. (Supplied) April 13, 2019 The arrival of Iraqi Shiite militia Hashd al-Sha'bi in the flood-hit Khuzestan province in Iran has triggered angry reactions among Iranian social media users and also the ethnic Arabs in the Province. [...]

By |April 13th, 2019|Iraq|

Iraq’s PM: We told US, Iran that we refuse Iraq to be a battlefield

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in Tehran, Iran, April 6, 2019.(REUTERS) April 12, 2019 Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said that Iraq wants to distance itself from the ongoing conflict between US and Iran. "We have told Iran and America that we do not want [...]

By |April 12th, 2019|Iraq|

US warns Iran’s IRGC-backed militias in Iraq

Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces militants backed by Iran. (Supplied) April 11, 2019 America’s top envoy in Iraq on Wednesday issued a warning to those Iraqi militias that receive support from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC.) The warning follows two days after the US designated the IRGC, including its Quds Force (IRGC-QF), as a Foreign [...]

By |April 11th, 2019|Iraq, North America, USA|

US terror designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards leaves Iraq with no room to maneuver

IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani with PMF members on the outskirts of the Iraqi city of Fallujah, July 2016. (Twitter) April 11, 2019 No sooner had the United States announced its terrorist designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) on Monday that Tehran retaliated by blacklisting the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) in [...]

By |April 11th, 2019|Iraq|