Iran suspends flights from Iraq over new strain of COVID-19

New measure was taken to protect the Iranian citizens against the variant which was first detected in the UK late last year. (Supplied) March 15, 2021 The Iranian Civil Aviation Organization revealed Monday that all flights to and from Iraq have been suspended to curb the spread of a Covid-19 strain. The decision [...]

By |March 15th, 2021|Iraq|

Khamenei hits out at US presence in Syria, Iraq

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets with Iran's military commanders on the "Navy Day" on November 28, 2018. (IRIB) March 12, 2021 Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei slammed on Thursday the presence of US troops in Syria and Iraq, saying Washington should swiftly withdraw its forces from both countries. “They (the Americans) refer to Iran’s [...]

By |March 12th, 2021|Iraq, North America, Syria, USA|

Inside the rise of the shadowy Iran-backed militias in Iraq

Members of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) militias demonstrate their skills during a military exercise in Basra. (Reuters) March 9, 2021 On March 3, ten Iranian-made rockets struck Ain al-Asad air base in western Anbar province, the attack was the fourth to target US. interests in Iraq since February 15. Since the US [...]

By |March 9th, 2021|Iraq|

Tehran expresses reservations about Rezaee’s statements on Syria, Iraq funds

Mohsen Rezaei. the former commander of the IRGC, currently the secretary of Iran's Expediency Council. (IRNA) March 9, 2021 The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed reservations about statements made by Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaee on Syria and Iraq paying back to Iran what it has spent in Syria [...]

By |March 9th, 2021|Iraq, Syria|

US will do what is necessary to defend itself after attack in Iraq

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin visits National Guard troops deployed at the US Capitol and its perimeter, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. (AP) March 8, 2021 The United States will do what it sees as necessary to defend its interests after a rocket attack last week against Iraq’s Ain Al-Sada air base, which hosts [...]

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

Pentagon accused of giving Iran cover after Iraq attack as Joe Biden mulls retaliation

A bulldozer clears rubble and debris at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, Iraq on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP) By David Brennan March 6, 2021 Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby has come under fire for his apparent hesitation to link Iran to Shia militias operating in Iraq and launching attacks against U.S. and [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Iraq, North America, USA|

US agrees to release frozen Iranian assets in Iraq

A shop worker arranges the cans of Iranian tomato paste at a super market in the city of Najaf, Iraq October 7, 2018. (REUTERS) March 06, 2021 Secretary-General of the Iran-Iraq Joint Chamber of Commerce Hamid Hosseini revealed on Friday that the US has agreed to release frozen Iranian assets in Iraq. "After [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Iraq, North America, USA|

Turkish-Iranian diplomatic row erupts over Iraq

Kurdistan Workers' Party fighters stand in formation, undated. (Getty) March 1, 2021 A diplomatic row erupted between Turkey and Iran after the Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, had made controversial statements on his country’s opposition to Turkish military intervention in Iraq. Turkey's Foreign Ministry summoned Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Farazmand on February 28 [...]

By |March 1st, 2021|Iraq, Turkey|

The strike on Abu Kamal and future impacts of U.S. use of force against Iran-backed Shiite militias in Syria rather than Iraq

A closer view of an Iraq-Syria border crossing and buildings before airstrikes, February 3, 2021. (Maxar) By Track Perisa February 27, 2021 An Iran-backed Iraqi militia using a base in east Syria Abu Kamal was bombed by a U.S. aircraft in the early hours of February 26. According to U.S. military reports, seven-guided [...]

By |February 27th, 2021|Iraq, North America, Syria, USA|

Iraqi interpreters face death threats from Iranian-backed militias

The UK’s Ministry of Defense said it was investigating the allegations. (AP) February 27, 2021 Eight Iraqi interpreters who worked with British forces fighting Daesh have said they fear for their lives after receiving threats from Iranian-backed militias. Seven of the interpreters have gone into hiding as they believe their identities have been [...]

By |February 27th, 2021|Europe, Iraq, North America, USA|