An Iraqi father confronts Iran-backed militia in search for missing son

Demonstrators run from tear gas thrown by Iraqi security forces during anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq November 12, 2019. (Reuters) October 2, 2020 In the span of 30 seconds, Ali Jasb, a young rights lawyer, vanished into the night in southern Iraq. On an evening a year ago, a woman emerged from a [...]

By |October 2nd, 2020|Iraq|

Turkey, Iran deploy ‘game-changing’ drones in north Iraq

At least 17 people were killed in an attack by IRGC that targeted Iranian Kurdish separatists, September 12, 2018. (EPA) October 2, 2020 Turkey and Iran are increasingly adopting "game-changing" drones as their weapon of choice against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, prompting fears for the safety of civilians and stoking geopolitical tensions. [...]

By |October 2nd, 2020|Iraq, Turkey|

US says ‘can’t tolerate’ attacks by Iranian-backed militias in Iraq

Iraqi security forces are deployed in front of the US embassy in the capital Baghdad on January 1, 2020. (AFP) October 1, 2020 Washington warned Thursday that it would not tolerate attacks on US interests in Iraq by Iran-backed militias, as Baghdad worries about a possible US withdrawal. "We can't tolerate the threats [...]

By |October 1st, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran-backed groups behind Erbil rocket attack -Iraqi Kurdish security agency

Six rockets were launched from Nineveh province by Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces targeted (U.S.-led) coalition forces in Irbil International Airport. (Supplied) October 01, 2020 Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitary groups launched a rocket attack targeting U.S. troops in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region's capital Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan's counter terrorism service said on Wednesday. "Six rockets were [...]

By |October 1st, 2020|Iraq|

A year after the eruption of October protests in Iraq

Iraqi protesters burning Iranian flag during demonstration in Karbala, Iraq, November 6, 2019. (AP) By Track Persia September 29, 2020 These days, Iraqis mark one year since the 2019 October protests erupted in Baghdad against the failed political system of post US-led invasion Iraq. These days, the young activists will rally in Baghdad’s [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Iraq|

U.S. might close embassy unless Iraq prevents Iran militia attacks

A US flag flies in front of compound of the US embassy in Baghdad.(Reuters) September 28, 2020 The Trump administration may close its embassy in Iraq if the government does not take steps to protect it from attacks by Iranian-backed militants. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi of [...]

By |September 28th, 2020|Iraq|

Khamenei’s close ally Shariatmadari blasts Grand Ayatollah Sistani

Hossein Shariatmadari, the editor-in-chief of the Tehran daily Kayhan. (MEHR) September 28, 2020 Iraq's top cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani is facing criticism for his comments during a meeting with the UN Secretary-General's representative for Iraqi affairs. The editor-in-chief of the Tehran daily Kayhan, Hossein Shariatmadari, blasted Sistani's remarks for allegedly being beneath [...]

By |September 28th, 2020|Iraq|

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|