Iraq prepares quarantine centers along Iranian border amid coronavirus fears

Iranian customs checkpoint on a border crossing with Iraq in Kermanshah province. (Twitter) February 21, 2020 Iraq will be preparing quarantine centers along its territories bordering Iran after Tehran announced at least 5 people tested positive for the coronavirus, the ministry of health announced on Thursday. The Iraqi health minister held a meeting to discuss [...]

By |February 21st, 2020|Iraq|

Inside Iran’s push to get Hezbollah to take a role in Iraq

Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Kataib Hezbollah militia march during a military parade marking Al-Quds International Day in Baghdad, May 31, 2019. (AFP) February 15, 2020 Since the US killed Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi Kataib Hezbollah militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Iran has been feeling a vacuum in its “axis of resistance.” Tehran must [...]

By |February 15th, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon|

Pompeo condemns Iranian interference in Iraq, Lebanon

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference during the NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting at the State Department in Washington, April 4, 2019. (AFP) February 15, 2020 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday condemned Iranian interference in the affairs of Iraq and Lebanon, during a speech at the [...]

By |February 15th, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon|

Nomination for Iraqi premiership largely brokered by Iranian axis

Mohammed Allawi addressed protesters, urging them to continue their demonstrations until a change was achieved in the country. (Reuters) By John Hannah February 14, 2020 Despite the promises of Iraq’s prime minister-designate, Mohammed Allawi, to address the demands of protesters that drove his predecessor from office, his nomination has been met with universal derision by the demonstrators. With good [...]

By |February 14th, 2020|Iraq|

Pakistan arrests high-profile Iran-backed Zainebiyoun Brigade member fighting in Syria, Iraq

A poster of Pakistani Shiite fighters killed in Syria. (Supplied) February 13, 2020 Police in Karachi have arrested a man suspected of being a high-profile member of the Zainebiyoun Brigade, a counterterrorism official said on Wednesday, referring to a militant group composed of Pakistani nationals fighting in Syria and Iraq. Zainebiyoun Brigade reportedly [...]

By |February 13th, 2020|Iraq, Pakistan, Syria|

US gives Iraq sanctions waiver for vital Iranian gas imports

Employees walk past flames rising from the burning of excess natural gas at the Bin Omar natural gas station in Basra, Iraq, Jan 12, 2017. (AFP) February 13, 2020 The United States has granted Iraq a 45-day sanctions waiver enabling the country to continue importing vital Iranian gas and electricity supplies. In a [...]

By |February 13th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran-backed Hezbollah steps in to support Iraqi militias after Soleimani’s death

A supporter of the Shiite Hezbollah movement holds a poster of slain Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis (L) and Iranian General Qasem Soleimani (R) in the Lebanese capital Beirut. January 5, 2020. (AFP) February 12, 2020 Shortly after Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike in Iraq, [...]

By |February 12th, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon|

Iran-linked Kata’ib Hezbollah commemorate Mohandes, Soleimani’s deaths with Trump effigies

Cardboard cutouts of the late IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis are seen during the forty days memorial in Baghdad, Feb 11, 2020. (Reuters) February 12, 2020 Kata'ib Hezbollah, a hardline pro-Iran faction in Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi military forces, will hold a commemoration  on Tuesday, marking 40 days since the killing [...]

By |February 12th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

U.S. raises brain injury toll in Iran attack for fifth time, now says 109 hurt

Iran launched attacks on Iraqi bases housing US forces in retaliation for a US drone strike in Baghdad last Friday that killed a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, Jan 8, 2020. (Getty) February 11, 2020 The U.S. military has for the fifth time raised the number of U.S. service members who suffered traumatic [...]

By |February 11th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Pompeo says Iraqi protesters have right to ‘government free of Iran influence’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Iraq in May amid increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran. (AP) February 7, 2020 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has condemned the violence in Najaf where seven people were shot dead and said that Iraqi protesters have a right to “demonstrate for a government free [...]

By |February 7th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|