Trump pushes Iraq to stop buying energy from Iran

Employees walk past flames rising from the burning of excess natural gas at the Bin Omar natural gas station,  north of the southern Iraqi port of Basra on January 12, 2017. (AFP) By Edward Wong February 12, 2019 The Trump administration is pressuring Iraq to stop buying energy from its neighbor and sole [...]

By |February 12th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran-backed militias besiege and oppress Iraqis

Iraqi Shia militiamen hold portraits of Iran's late leader 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) February 11, 2019 Like their Iranian masters, leaders of the sectarian militias in Iraq like to boast that they and the [...]

By |February 11th, 2019|Iraq|

Shia militia commander detained in Iraq after criticising Iran

A screengrab shows Aws al-Khafaji, commander of the Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas Brigade (MEMRI TV) February 9, 2019 An official with the Iraqi government-sanctioned umbrella of mainly Shia paramilitary groups said a militia commander was arrested after he criticised Iran's influence in the country. The official from the Popular Mobilisation Forces said on Friday [...]

By |February 9th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran-backed Iraqi Shiite militants vow to oust US troops — by law or force

Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) are seen in Zumar, Nineveh province, Iraq October 18, 2017. (REUTERS) February 8, 2019 Ousting US troops from Iraq despite President Donald Trump’s vow to stay is now the top goal of pro-Iranian Shiite armed groups. And their leaders say there are only two ways — by passing [...]

By |February 8th, 2019|Iraq|

Iran claims Iraq will pay its debts, but U.S. sanctions make it hard

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali al-Hakim (R) receives Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif (L) in Baghdad during an official visit. (AFP) February 8, 2019 One day after Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh complained that Iraq has not paid billions of dollars for its imports from Iran after the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions, [...]

By |February 8th, 2019|Iraq|

Slain Iraqi novelist criticized foreign meddling, Iran-backed militias

In this Feb. 5, 2019, a friend of Alaa Mashzoub, seen in the poster, sits in his room at his home in Karbala, Iraq. Alaa Mashzoub, the Iraqi novelist who was gunned down this week in Karbala. (AP) By Qassim Abdul-Zahra February 6, 2019 Iraqi novelist Alaa Mashzoub was a secular civil society activist [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|Iraq|

US troops in Iraq menaced by monster they helped create

Iranian IRGC Commander Qassem Soleimani uses a walkie-talkie at the frontline during offensive operations against ISIS militants in the Iraqi town of Tal Ksaiba in Salahuddin province, March 8, 2015. (REUTERS) By Baria Alamuddin February 6, 2019 In his 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment, US Director of National intelligence Dan Coats came to the [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|Iraq, North America, USA|

US military presence rattles Iran-linked militias in Iraq, not others

Qais al-Khazali (Left), Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (A.A.H.) commander sitting next to Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Qassem Soleimani. (INU) February 5, 2019 Repercussions from recent visits by US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Iraq are still playing out in the country, especially among Iran-backed militia leaders. The militia leaders [...]

By |February 5th, 2019|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iranian-backed militias threaten US forces in Iraq

Iraqi Shi’ite militia members parade in Baghdad with a portrait of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (AP) February 5, 2019 Members of Hashd al-Shaabi, the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias in Iraq, can be seen warning US troops near Mosul against “provocations,” in a video posted over the weekend. US troops on patrol in [...]

By |February 5th, 2019|Iraq|

7 Iranian pilgrims wounded in shooting attack in Iraq

Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims gather as they commemorate the Arbaeen outside of Imam al-Hussein shrine in Karbala, Iraq, November 10, 2017. (Reuters) February 4, 2019 Police and medical officials say seven Iranian Shiite pilgrims traveling in central Iraq were wounded when their bus came under attack by unidentified gunmen. The officials said late Sunday [...]

By |February 4th, 2019|Iraq|