IRGC renews attacks on Kurdish opposition targets between Iran, Kurdistan region

Damage to the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party headquarters in Koysinjaq after targeted by IRGC, September 12, 2018. (AFP) August 4, 2020 The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) said on Monday that Iranian drones and artillery shells were fired at the group’s bases in a mountainous area near the border between Iran and [...]

By |August 4th, 2020|Iraq, Minorities|

UK envoy to Iraq threatened by pro-Iran militias

Stephen Hickey at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, February 24, 2018. (Reuters) July 29, 2020 The UK’s ambassador in Baghdad has been threatened by Iran-backed militias on social media, in response to his call for Iraq to reject the armed groups operating in the country. Stephen Hickey, who took up the [...]

By |July 29th, 2020|Europe, Iraq|

Iran’s exports to Iraq drop 40 percent in second quarter

A shop worker arranges the cans of Iranian tomato paste at a super market in the city of Najaf, Iraq October 7, 2018. (REUTERS) July 27, 2020 The Secretary-General of Iran-Iraq Joint Chamber of Commerce announced that the volume of Iran's non-oil exports to Iraq dropped forty percent in the second quarter of [...]

By |July 27th, 2020|Iraq|

Company established to make purchases on Iran’s behalf to settle Iraq’s $5 billion debt

Iraq's PM Mostafa Al-Kadhimi meet Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. July 21, 2020. (IRNA) July 25, 2020 An Iranian trade official said Friday a company has been established in Iraq which will make purchases on behalf of the Iranian government to settle Baghdad's accumulated debts to Iran [...]

By |July 25th, 2020|Iraq|

Iraq PM’s Iran visit reveals disparity in priorities

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Iraqi PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi walk during a welcome ceremony, in Tehran, Iran, July 21, 2020. (Reuters) July 22, 2020 A clear disparity in the priorities was revealed Tuesday during Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s visit to Tehran as he confirmed his keenness to build a policy based on [...]

By |July 22nd, 2020|Iraq|

Iraqi PM arrives in Tehran in first trip abroad

Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif met and held talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in Baghdad, July 19, 2020. (Iraqi PM's office) July 21, 2020 Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhemi arrived in Tehran on Tuesday in his first visit abroad since taking power, Iranian state television reported. Kadhemi, who was greeted by [...]

By |July 21st, 2020|Iraq|

Why did Iran-backed militias silence extremism expert Hisham al-Hashimi?

Security forces stand guard at the assassination scene of Hisham al-Hashimi, in Zeyouneh area, Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, July, 7, 2020. (AP) By Track Persia July 12, 2020 The assassination of the prominent Iraqi security and extremism in Baghdad on 6 July 2020  may prove to be a covert message from Iran to its [...]

By |July 12th, 2020|Iraq|

At border with Iran, Iraq PM vows to fight customs corruption

Iraqi border police stand guard on the Iraqi side of the Mandili crossing on the border with Iran on July 11, 2020. (AFP) July 11, 2020 Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi launched a new campaign on Saturday against corruption at the country’s borders, saying millions of dollars were being lost by not properly [...]

By |July 11th, 2020|Iraq|

Is ideological difference between Shiite leadership models in Iraq and Iran exaggerated?

Shiite Muslim pilgrims walk in front of posters of (R to L) Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, and the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group Hasan Nasrallah, in Najaf, Iraq, Oct 12, 2019. (AFP) By Track Persia July 10, 2020 Some observers think that the differences between ideological concepts [...]

By |July 10th, 2020|Ideology, Iraq|

Iraqi Kurdistan warns of COVID-19 surge as Iranians storm border

Iranian Sufis stormed the border with Iraq to attend the funeral of an important religious leader who died on July 9, 2020. (Supplied) July 10, 2020 The Ministry of Health in Iraqi Kurdistan warned of a health disaster on July 9 as thousands of Iranian dervishes stormed a border checkpoint and illegally entered the [...]

By |July 10th, 2020|Iraq|