The rise of Iraq’s Shiite paramilitaries allied with Tehran after the killing of Soleimani

Iran-backed militia fighters march in central Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (AP) By Track Persia September 28, 2021 The assassination of Iran’s former Quds Force chief Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis a leader of the most powerful Iran-aligned Shiite militias in Iraq by an American drone strike near Baghdad airport in [...]

By |September 28th, 2021|Iraq, North America, USA|

Raisi orders Central Bank to recover Iran’s frozen funds abroad

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi meets Iraq's PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi (not in picture) in Tehran, Sept 12, 2021. (Reuters) September 27, 2021 Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi (Raeesi) issued an order to the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) on Sunday to repatriate Iranian funds blocked overseas because of US banking sanctions. In a meeting of [...]

By |September 27th, 2021|East Asia, Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran-backed groups, Iraq officials slam call for normalization with Israel

Iraq protesters burn Israeli and US flags while others carry posters with pictures of Qais al-Khazali, during a rally for the Shiite group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, in Baghdad, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP) September 27, 2021 Several Iran-backed Iraqi militia groups have condemned calls in an Iraqi-Kurdish conference of tribal leaders for normalization of relations with [...]

By |September 27th, 2021|Iraq, Israel|

Iraq expresses surprise at Iranian Chief of Staff statements

Iranian General Mohammad Bagheri, chief of staff of Iran's armed forces. (MIZAN) September 22, 2021 The Iraqi Army Chief of Staff expressed surprise at statements made by the Iranian Chief of Staff, Major General Muhammad Hossein Bagheri, regarding hostile movements from Iraq towards his country. Tehran has for years been bombing and chasing [...]

By |September 22nd, 2021|Iraq|

Iran’s oil minister appoints special envoy for Iraqi affairs

Iran’s Oil Minister, Javad Owji. (Iran Press) September 22, 2021 Iran’s oil minister has appointed a special envoy for Iraqi affairs, a first for the Islamic republic which is seeking $5 billion in arrears from its neighbor for gas exports. The ministry’s Shana news agency said Oil Minister Javad Owji had tasked Abbas [...]

By |September 22nd, 2021|Iraq|

Iranian army commander vows to ‘eliminate’ opposition in Iraqi Kurdistan

Iranian Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri. (Supplied) September 21, 2021 Major General Mohammad Bagheri, Chief of General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, has defended the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ incursions on Iraqi territory in the Kurdistan region over the past two weeks. The commander said IRGC missile and drone strikes on "terrorist" [...]

By |September 21st, 2021|Iraq, Minorities|

Iran spent billions in Syria and Iraq, others reaped economic benefits

Destruction in Homs city, Syria. (Reuters) September 18, 2021 Deputy chairman of the Iran-Syria chamber of commerce in Tehran has said that Iran has lost out in economic competition to Russia and other countries in Syria. Ali-Asghar Zebardast told Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA) on Saturday that “The same thing which happened in Iraq will also [...]

By |September 18th, 2021|Iraq, Syria|

Drones strike Iran-backed militia vehicles near Bukamal on Iraq-Syria border

Iraqi militia members stand by a burning truck after a drone attack blamed on Israel near Qaim border crossing with Syria, in Anbar province, Iraq, Aug 25, 2019. (AP) September 15, 2021 Unidentified drones struck Iranian-backed militia vehicles while they crossed into Syria from Iraq through al-Bukamal, a war monitoring group said on [...]

By |September 15th, 2021|Iraq, Syria|

Iranian security official tells Iraq to expel Iranian Kurdish groups

A militiaman of the Kurdistan Freedom Party looks over the sandbags at a section of the frontline near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, Sept. 5, 2016. (AP) September 15, 2021 An Iranian security official pressed Iraq's head of government on Sunday to expel Kurdish Iranian dissident groups. Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security [...]

By |September 15th, 2021|Iraq, Minorities|

Iran Guards continue shelling rebel Kurdish bases in Iraq

An Iranian Kurdish member of the (KDPI) sprays red paint on holes in a wall made by shrapnel from a rocket attack by IRGC, days earlier at the party's headquarters in Koysinjaq, northern Iraq, Sept. 12, 2018. (AFP) September 14, 2021 Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s artillery for the fifth consecutive day has shelled northern [...]

By |September 14th, 2021|Iraq, Minorities|