Saudi Arabia condemns Iranian, Turkish military interventions in Iraq

Saudi Arabian Riyadh city view. (Shutterstock) June 18, 2020 Saudi Arabia condemned Turkish and Iranian aggression in Iraq, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday. The condemnation came after Turkish special forces and helicopters have been targeting Kurdish rebel hideouts in northern Iraq since Wednesday. Iran also shelled Kurdish areas on Tuesday. [...]

By |June 18th, 2020|Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey|

Iran’s IRGC attacks Iranian Kurdish groups in Iraq

Damage to the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party headquarters in Koysinjaq after targeted by IRGC, September 12, 2018. (AFP) June 18, 2020 Iranian forces carried out artillery attacks against Iranian Kurdish opposition groups in Iraqi Kurdistan for the second day in a row on Wednesday, according to the semi-official YJC news agency. Iran’s Islamic [...]

By |June 18th, 2020|Iraq|

New poll: Iran losing support of majority in Iraq

US soldiers stand guard during the hand over ceremony of Qayyarah Airfield to Iraqi Security Forces, in Mosul, March 27, 2020. (AP) June 18, 2020 Iran’s favorability rating among Iraqis has hit its lowest point in years, falling below the popular support the United States enjoys in the war-torn country, according to a new poll [...]

By |June 18th, 2020|Iraq|

Thanks to Tehran destructive policy, Mosul remains in ruins three years after its liberation from IS

Mosul still lies largely in ruins and many of its residents have become victims of the war. (Getty) By Track Persia June 15, 2020 These days mark the anniversary of the liberation of Iraq’s Mosul city from the extremist group Islamic State (IS). Three years after the battle to liberate Mosul, much remains [...]

By |June 15th, 2020|Iraq|

US recommends designating Badr Organization’s leader, Iran-backed PMF factions as terrorists

Hadi al-Ameri, the leader of Badr Organization with the late IRGC General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq. (Supplied) June 12, 2020 The Republican Study Committee (RSC) in the US Congress has recommended designating the “Badr Organization” and its head and secretary-general Hadi al-Ameri, in addition to several factions of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) as [...]

By |June 12th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Troubled Iran struggles to maintain sway over Iraq militias

IRGC commander, Ghassem Soleimani in an operation in Iraq providing support to Iraqi Shiite militias linked to Iran. (Press TV) June 11, 2020 Iraqi militia factions expected the usual cash handout when the new head of Iran’s expeditionary Quds Force made his first visit to Baghdad earlier this year, succeeding the slain Gen. [...]

By |June 11th, 2020|Iraq|

US-Iraq dialogue to shape relations amid Iran’s shadow of influence

AN Iraqi soldiers stands guard in front US military air carrier at the Qayyarah air base in northern Iraq. (AFP) June 11, 2020 The US-Iraqi strategic Dialogue presents a “once in a decade opportunity” that will open a new chapter for both sides to discuss their future relations, experts say. The talks, set [...]

By |June 11th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran works to stop Iraq-Saudi electrical grid connection

Ardakanian announced that the power grids of Iran and Syria were to be connected through Iraq, after Tehran and Damascus signed a preliminary agreement on the issue. (Supplied) June 6, 2020 Iran is apparently taking new steps to stop any electricity agreements between Saudi Arabia and Iraq, with the aim of monopolising ties with Baghdad and [...]

By |June 6th, 2020|Iraq, Saudi Arabia|

Iranian ship sinks in Iraqi waters, 1 dead

Cargo ships sail off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. (AFP) June 5, 2020 The head of Iran’s maritime and ports association said Friday an Iranian cargo ship sank in Iraqi waters, and at least one crew member was dead and two others missing, Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reported. Nader Pasandeh [...]

By |June 5th, 2020|Iraq|

Rouhani oversaw smuggling of over $30 bln to Iraqi Kurdistan, says Iranian MP

Iraqi President Barham Salih, right, shakes hands with visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, at Salam Palace in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, March 11, 2019. (AP) June 4, 2020 President Hassan Rouhani ordered the transfer of more than $30 billion through “smuggling gangs” to Iraqi Kurdistan in 2017, an Iranian lawmaker claimed on Tuesday. Rouhani oversaw [...]

By |June 4th, 2020|Iraq|