US threatens Baghdad with sanctions over Iran-backed militia attacks in Iraq

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Iraq in May 2020 amid increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran. (AP) September 26, 2020 The United States has threatened to shut its embassy in Baghdad in a strongly-worded message delivered to Iraq’s president in recent days over continued attacks against US targets by Iran-backed militias, sources familiar with [...]

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

U.S. renews waiver for Iraq to import Iranian energy for 60 days

Washington has repeatedly extended the waiver for Baghdad to use crucial Iranian energy supplies for its struggling power grid. (Supplied) September 24, 2020 The United States said on Thursday it had renewed a waiver for Iraq to import Iranian electricity, this time for 60 days to enable Baghdad to take “meaningful actions” to [...]

By |September 24th, 2020|Iraq|

Iraq, Kurdish politicians denounce Hezbollah move to partner with pro-Iran militias

A poster shows the faces of Khamenei, Qassem Soleimani, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, Baghdad, Iraq, May 20, 2020. (Twitter) By Zana Gulmohamad September 23, 2020 Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah is ramping up its efforts in Iraq and is shaping the Iran-led axis’ activities in the country. Where Hezbollah and Iran-backed Iraqi militias [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon|

Iranian pilgrims clash with Iraqi authorities as border closes

Iranian stormed the border with Iraq to attend the funeral of an important religious leader who died on July 9, 2020. (Supplied) By Pouyan Khoshhal September 23, 2020 Iranian pilgrims clashed with Iraqi border authorities after Iraq banned travel to the country to mark the Shia holiday of Arba’een. This year the holiday, the 40th [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Iraq|

Iranian front groups claim responsibility for recent attacks against Coalition targets in Iraq

Iraqi Shiite militants backed by Iran. (Supplied) By Caleb Weiss and Joe Truzman September 21, 2020 Over the past few days, a surge of assaults against American and Coalition forces inside Iraq have been reported across the country. Four nascent armed factions, all of which are believed to be Iranian-backed, have claimed responsibility. From top left: [...]

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

Facing enraged Iranian pilgrims, Iraq closes its borders

Iraqi border police stand guard on the Iraqi side of the Mandili crossing on the border with Iran on July 11, 2020. (AFP) September 21, 2020 The Iraqi Border Authority have announced that the country's borders are closed, a response to videos posted on social media showing some Iranian pilgrims storming toward Iran's [...]

By |September 21st, 2020|Iraq|

US troop drawdown in Iraq is double-edged sword for Iran

US soldiers stand guard during the handover ceremony of Qayyarah Airfield to Iraqi Security Forces, in Mosul, Iraq, March 27, 2020. (AP) By Andrew Leonard September 19, 2020 Furious over the targeted killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani by the US military in Bagdad, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei demanded in January that “the Americans’ corruption-stirring presence should come [...]

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

Coronavirus and Iran: Iraq closes borders to Iranian pilgrims as panic over classrooms intensifies

A member of medical team checks the body temperature of an Iraqi man upon arrival from Iran, east of Basra city, February 20, 2020. (EPA-EFE) By Pouyan Khoshhal September 10, 2020 A member of staff at a school is addressing a group of students, when suddenly, one of them staggers forward a few steps [...]

By |September 10th, 2020|Iraq|

Iraq reforms stymied by pro-Iranian shadowy groups’ wave of attacks

Iraqi pro-Iran protesters burn Israeli and US flags during a rally for the Shiite group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, in Baghdad, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP) September 09, 2020 War-scarred Iraq hopes to launch reforms and revive its battered economy, but the drive is being derailed by a wave of violence blamed largely on shadowy [...]

By |September 9th, 2020|Iraq|

Iraq: Pro-Iran militia TV active after US seizes website

Iraqi paramilitary commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis’ final resting place has gained near-holy status. (AFP) September 9, 2020 Readers visiting websites for Al-Etejah TV, a satellite television channel affiliated with Iraq’s Kataib Hezbollah (KH), find an unusual English-language message instead of the group’s propaganda material. “This website has been seized,” reads the bold message [...]

By |September 9th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|