Iraqi PMF leads Iran’s ambitions for expansion in the Arab region

Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) fighters stand on a hill at the Iraqi-Syrian border near al-Qaim, Iraq. November 25, 2018. (REUTERS) By Saleh al-Qallab January 15, 2021 Contrary to what many Iraqis say, it is not surprising that the US Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced sanctions against the head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization [...]

By |January 15th, 2021|Iraq, Middle East, Opinions On Iran|

US designates Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Unit leader Abu Fadak as terrorist

Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces militants backed by Iran. (Supplied) January 13, 2021 The US designated Abu Fadak al-Mohammadawi, Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Unit leader and former secretary general of Iraqi Kata’ib Hezbollah, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT), the US State Department reported in a statement. The statement added that Muhammadawi is the former secretary [...]

By |January 13th, 2021|Iraq, North America, USA|

New details emerge of Iran’s attack on US in Iraq last year

Iran launched attacks on Iraqi bases housing US forces in retaliation for a US drone strike in Baghdad that killed a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, Jan 8, 2020. (Getty) January 13, 2021 Iran’s use of ballistic missiles to strike at US forces at al-Asad base in Iraq last year was worse than initially reported. [...]

By |January 13th, 2021|Iraq, North America, USA|

Pompeo says Iran supplied Gaddafi regime with chemical weapons that were used in Iraq

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 28, 2020. (AP) January 11, 2021 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed on Sunday that Iran had supplied the regime of late Libya ruler Moammar al-Gaddafi with chemical weapons. He made the revelation [...]

By |January 11th, 2021|Africa, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, USA|

US sanctions prominent Iraqi militia leader linked to Iran over rights abuses

PMF chairman Falih al-Fayyadh with Iraq’s PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi at a meeting at PMF headquarters in Baghdad on May 16, 2020. (Facebook) January 8, 2021 The U.S. Treasury on Friday imposed sanctions on a prominent Iraqi politician and security official, accusing him of serious human rights abuses. The Treasury said Falih al-Fayyadh stands accused of [...]

By |January 8th, 2021|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iraq issues arrest warrant for Trump over Soleimani killing

Trump delivers remarks to US troops in an unannounced visit to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Dec 26, 2018. (AP) January 7, 2021 An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for outgoing President Donald Trump in connection with the killing of an Iranian general and a powerful Iraqi militia leader last year, Iraq’s judiciary said. The [...]

By |January 7th, 2021|Iraq, North America, USA|

Countries where Iranian oil and gas revenues are blocked

China has continued buying Iranian oil in defiance of the U.S. sanctions, providing Tehran’s struggling economy with a financial lifeline. (Getty) January 6, 2021 Iran has been unable to obtain tens of billions of dollars of its assets in foreign banks, mainly from exports of oil and gas, due to U.S. sanctions on its banking [...]

By |January 6th, 2021|East Asia, Europe, Iraq, North America, USA|

Iraq PM’s advisor sparks pro-Iran anger in Baghdad for comments about Soleimani

A picture published by the Tasnim agency showing Iranian Quds Force commander Qasim Soleimani in Najaf, Iraq. (Supplied) January 6, 2021 A top advisor to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi has sparked anger among pro-Tehran factions in Baghdad with comments about Iran's revered commander Qasem Soleimani, whom Washington assassinated last year. Hosham Dawod's comments, made [...]

By |January 6th, 2021|Iraq|

UK’s G4S security company had role in killing of Iran’s Soleimani: Tehran Prosecutor

A burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following a US airstrike which targeted Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad, Iraq, early Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. (AP) December 31, 2020 Tehran's prosecutor-general accused UK security company G4S of playing a role in the killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani by an American drone strike in January, [...]

By |December 31st, 2020|Europe, Iraq, North America, USA|

Pro-Iran factions keep up escalation against Iraqi President, PM, US

PMF chairman Falih al-Fayyadh with Iraq’s PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi at a meeting at PMF headquarters in Baghdad on May 16, 2020. (Media Office of Iraqi PM) December 30, 2020 Iran-backed factions in Iraq are increasing their threats against Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and President Barham Salih as the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Iran’s [...]

By |December 30th, 2020|Iraq|