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|

Iran sentences Iraqi, Iranian IS teens to prison over planned attack

Members of Iranian forces take position during an ISIS attack on the Iranian parliament in central Tehran, Iran June 7, 2017. (Reuters) September 8, 2020 A court in Tehran has sentenced two Iraqis and one Iranian to prison over their participation as minors in a purported suicide mission planned by the Islamic State [...]

By |September 8th, 2020|Iraq|

Saving society in Iraq starts with removing close influence of Iran

An Iraqi protester waves the national flag during a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services and unemployment, October 3, 2019. (AFP) By Patricia Karam September 02, 2020 The recent killing of activist Reham Yacoub by gunmen in Basra marks another case of why Iraq needs to get rid of Iran to save itself. [...]

By |September 2nd, 2020|Iraq|

New Iran-liked group claims recent attacks in Iraq

Iraqi members of Iranian-backed Shiite militia raise up their weapons as they celebrate on September 1, 2014. (AFP) By Caleb Weiss and Joe Truzman September 02, 2020 Guardians of the Blood, a purported new militant group claiming to be a part of the so-called Islamic Resistance in Iraq recently published a statement and video claiming [...]

By |September 2nd, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iraq government must choose between US and Iran — its people already have

An Iraqi protester hits a poster showing the killed IRGC commander Qassim Soleimani with a shoe during anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Nov. 3, 2019. (AP) By Michael Pregent August 26, 2020 The three things America wants Baghdad to know are: Iran is Washington’s focus, Daesh is bigger than the Baghdad pulse on the US presence, [...]

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

Tehran seeks strategic dialogue with Baghdad

Iraq's PM Mostafa Al-Kadhimi meet Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. July 21, 2020. (IRNA) August 25, 2020 The new spokesman of Iran's Foreign Ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday that Iraq is special to his country, adding that during the last visit of Foreign Minister Javad Zarif [...]

By |August 25th, 2020|Iraq|