US extends sanctions waiver for Iraq to import Iranian gas

Flames emerge from flare stacks at the oil fields in Kirkuk, Iraq October 18, 2017. (REUTERS) November 21, 2020 Washington has granted Iraq a shortened 45-day sanctions waiver to import Iranian gas that will expire days before US President Donald Trump’s term ends, an Iraqi official said Saturday. Baghdad buys gas and electricity [...]

By |November 21st, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Shadowy new militias in Iraq targeting US forces as new front for Iran

An Iraqi soldiers stands guard in front US military air carrier at the Qayyarah air base in northern Iraq. (AFP) November 19, 2020 A handful of shadowy Shia militias have emerged over the last year in Iraq intent on targeting US coalition forces and Western interests in the country. The new militias, loyal [...]

By |November 19th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Game-changing Arab role against Iran’s Baghdad proxies

Iraqi Shia militiamen hold portraits of Iran's late leader Ayatollah Khomeini (C), Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (L) and Iraqi Shia cleric Ali al-Sistani during a parade in Baghdad. (Reuters) By Baria Alamuddin November 16, 2020 Arab investments are a “threat” to Iraq: This is what pro-Iran elements are claiming following the landmark meeting [...]

By |November 16th, 2020|Iraq, Middle East, Saudi Arabia|

Iran, Iraq plan for military cooperation

Iraqi policemen demonstrate combat techniques during a training session in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP) November 16, 2020 Iran and Iraq are planning for military cooperation in the near future, announced Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri. Bagheri indicated that the new collaboration would lead to greater stability [...]

By |November 16th, 2020|Iraq|

Iran’s campaign of terror in Iraqi Kurdistan

Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the KDPI inspect damage at their party headquarters in Koysinjaq, Irbil, Sept 12, 2018. (AFP) By Havari Yousefi November 13, 2020 The Islamic Republic of Iran has carried out more assassinations in Iraqi Kurdistan than in any other country or region of the world, with 259 people killed and [...]

By |November 13th, 2020|Iraq, Minorities|

Iraq’s pro-Iran factions see smoother sailing with Biden at helm

Iran-backed Shia militias in the city of Tikrit, Iraq. (CNN) November 10, 2020 Iraq's pro-Tehran factions have welcomed Joe Biden's election as US president, alarming officials and activists in Baghdad who fear a US-Iran deescalation could empower hardliners in their own country. Baghdad has long been caught in a tug-of-war for influence between its two main [...]

By |November 10th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Why Iran’s proxies in Iraq have warned against intra-Shiite war

Moqtada al-Sadr addresses his supporters at the grand mosque of Kufa on September 21, 2018. (AFP) By Track Persia October 27, 2020 As the Iraqi protesters are marking the first anniversary across the middle and south of Iraq these days, the Shiite Islamist elites which have been ruling the country after the US-led [...]

By |October 27th, 2020|Iraq|

Iranian tankers hide in Iraqi waters to ship oil abroad

Iraq’s waters have become a new, important waypoint for Iranian oil smugglers looking to avoid US sanctions. (AFP) October 26, 2020 Iraq’s waters have become a new, important waypoint for Iranian oil smugglers looking to avoid US sanctions, American officials and documents have revealed. Iranian tankers now regularly transfer crude to other ships [...]

By |October 26th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran blacklists U.S. ambassador in Iraq, reciprocating U.S. move

Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller. (AFP) October 23, 2020 Iran on Friday blacklisted the U.S. ambassador in Iraq and two other diplomats, following a similar move by the United States against Iran’s envoy to Baghdad, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said. Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Twitter that ambassador Matthew Tueller “has had a [...]

By |October 23rd, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

U.S. says it blacklisted Iran’s ambassador to Iraq

Iran’s ambassador to Iraq Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi. (Tasnim) October 23, 2020 The United States on Thursday blacklisted Iraj Masjedi, Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq, saying he has for years overseen the training and support of Iraqi militia groups which are responsible for attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. “In his current [...]

By |October 23rd, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|