US troops say they braved Iranian missile attack despite being warned hours earlier

Iran launched attacks on Iraqi bases housing US forces in retaliation for a US drone strike in Baghdad that killed Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, Jan 8, 2020. (Getty) By Nick Givas and Jennifer Griffin April 23, 2020 A new Department of Defense (DOD) report revealed that U.S. troops stationed in Iraq held their posts at IraqAl Assad [...]

By |April 23rd, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iraq resists Iranian pressure to reopen border closed to slow Covid-19

Iranian customs checkpoint on a border crossing with Iraq in Kermanshah province. (Twitter) By Alissa J. Rubin and Falih Hassan April 23, 2020 Truck by truck, border post by border post, a power struggle is unfolding between Iraq and Iran over when to reopen the frontier between the two countries, which Iraq closed [...]

By |April 23rd, 2020|Iraq|

Iraqi militia group in Iran ‘to fight’ COVID-19 pandemic

  This makeshift "disinfection" shed in Qom is set up by the Iraqi Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba militia group. April 19, 2020. (Supplied) April 20, 2020 The representative of a pro-Iran Shiite armed militia in Iraq has announced that members of the group are in Iran to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. Abbas Mousavi [...]

By |April 20th, 2020|Iraq|

The complex relationship between Shiite clerics and Iran’s construction companies and proxy militias in Iraq, doesn’t that tell you something?   

Former IRGC commander and alleged Qods Force officer Hassan Pelarak inaugurating the initial phases of a project to expand Zahra shrine in Najaf, Iraq, September 20, 2016. By Track Persia April 18, 2020 On 12 March, United States warplanes struck five targets in Iraq including an airport under construction in the city of [...]

By |April 18th, 2020|Iraq|

Iran continuing religious building projects in Iraq despite economic hardship

An Iranian organization has been developing and extending the Shrine of Imam Hossein in Karbala, Iraq. (Tasnim) April 17, 2020 An Iranian news agency has reported that despite the coronavirus epidemic, the reconstruction, development and restoration projects carried out by Iran in Iraq's Shiite shrines have continued. Demolishing the buildings in the vicinity [...]

By |April 17th, 2020|Iraq|

Who are the Iraqi militia members disinfecting the streets in Iran?

A man from the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units militias sterilizes surfaces in the Shia holy city of Qom with a bag showing the Iranian and Iraqi flags. (Tasnim) By Behnam Gholipour April 14, 2020 Members of the Iraqi state-sponsored Hashd al-Shaabi, otherwise known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), have again been making their presence [...]

By |April 15th, 2020|Iraq|

US moves missile defense systems to Iraq after attacks by Iran-backed insurgents

Soldiers work on a Patriot missile system, used around the world by the US military. (Getty) April 11, 2020 New air defense systems are now protecting American and allied forces at military bases in Iraq where troops have been attacked by Iranian-backed insurgents in recent months, according to US officials. Patriot missile launchers [...]

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

US offers $10mn cash for information on Iran-backed Hezbollah commander

Mohammad al-Kawtharani, a senior military commander of Lebanese Hezbollah in Iraq. (Supplied) April 11, 2020 The United States announced on Friday a 10 million-dollar reward for "any information on the activities, networks and associates" of Muhammad Kawtharani, a Lebanese Hezbollah commander accused of playing a key role in coordinating pro-Iran groups in Iraq. Kawtharani [...]

By |April 11th, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon, North America, USA|

Threat from Iran to US forces in Iraq remain ‘significant’: Senior US official

Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah fighters are seen in Zumar, Nineveh province, Iraq October 18, 2017. (REUTERS) April 10, 2020 The threat from Iranian-backed militia to US forces continues to be “significant,” the US State Department’s senior diplomat for the Middle East said on Thursday, adding that Washington was taking “with a pinch of salt” [...]

By |April 10th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iranian proxy in Iraq threatens US-led coalition air base

Mourners surround a car carrying the coffins of  Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killed in a US air strike, during their funeral procession in Baghdad, Jan 4, 2020. (AFP) By Caleb Weiss April 9, 2020 In a recently published video, the Iranian-proxy group League of the Revolutionaries (LoR) demonstrated more [...]

By |April 9th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|