Opponents of the Iranian regime: Trapped to be kidnapped, executed and inflict revenge after their execution

Ruhollah Zam, the operator of an anti-regime Telegram channel, in a trial at the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. (Supplied) By Trackpersia December 23, 2020 On 17 December, a group of plainclothes agents of the Iranian security destroyed the grave of the wrestling champion Navid Afkary who had been arrested in 2018 in relation with the [...]

By |December 23rd, 2020|Europe, Iraq, Middle East, Opinions On Iran|

Will Iran’s threat to Israel from Iraq increase?

Popular Mobilization Forces members stand by a burning truck after a drone attack blamed on Israel near Qaim border crossing, in Anbar province, Iraq, August 25, 2019. (AP) By Seth J. Frantzman December 23, 2020 In the recent lead-up to Hanukkah, Israel announced that it had conducted an unprecedented multi-layered air defense test. The test [...]

By |December 23rd, 2020|Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Opinions On Iran, Syria|

US blasts Iran-backed militias over Iraq rockets

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Iraq amid increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran, May 13, 2020. (AP) December 22, 2020 Iran-backed militias are the most serious impediment to peace and prosperity in Iraq, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, after a barrage of rockets targeted the US Embassy [...]

By |December 22nd, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s office denounces “cowardly” kidnapping of Ruhollah Zam

After Ruhollah Zam was hanged, some people criticized Ayatollah Sistani for not having reacted more strongly to Zam’s death sentence. (Social Media) December 15, 2020 The dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam was executed in Iran on December 12. Last winter the founder of Amad News was lured from his place of relative safety in [...]

By |December 15th, 2020|Iraq|

Former Iraqi PM denies giving green-light to Soleimani killing

Adel Abdul Mahdi, the former Iraqi prime minister. (AFP) By Hannah Somerville December 15, 2020 The former Iraqi premier has been forced to deny allegations that his government gave permission for the US air strike that killed General Ghasem Soleimani in Baghdad this year. Adil Abdul-Mahdi, who served as prime minister from 2018 until May [...]

By |December 15th, 2020|Iraq|

Iraq: Abadi reveals striking information one year after Soleimani’s assassination

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi walks with officers as he arrives in Mosul, Iraq, March 14, 2018. (Reuters) December 12, 2020 Former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi revealed that the aircraft that targeted Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani and the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Forces, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, near Baghdad [...]

By |December 12th, 2020|Iraq|

Iran-backed militia in Iraq could face US sanctions

Hadi Al-Amiri (center) the head of the pro-Iranian Badr Organization walks with Shi’ite fighters south of Mosul, undated. (REUTERS) By Ahmad Salloum December 7, 2020 United States Congress is preparing new legislation to bring sanctions against the Badr Organization, one of the largest Iranian proxy militias in Iraq. The bill, a copy of which The [...]

By |December 7th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Senior member of Iran’s Quds Force dies of COVID-19 contracted in Iraq

Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards march during a military parade in Tehran on Sept. 22, 2007. (Reuters) December 7, 2020 A senior member of Iran’s elite Quds Force who had contracted coronavirus in Iraq has died from the virus, state media reported on Sunday. Brig. Gen. Abdolrasool Ostovar, who had previously served as [...]

By |December 7th, 2020|Iraq|

US to reduce staff at Baghdad embassy amid tensions with Iran

Iraqi security forces are deployed in front of the US embassy in the capital Baghdad on January 1, 2020. (AFP) December 3, 2020 The U.S. is withdrawing some staff from its embassy in Baghdad, Iraqi and U.S. officials said Thursday, temporarily reducing personnel amid regional security concerns. U.S. Ambassador Mathew Tueller said the [...]

By |December 3rd, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

How could a US drawdown in Iraq aid ISIS, lead to greater Iranian presence

US soldiers stand guard during the handover ceremony of Qayyarah Airfield to Iraqi forces, in the south of Mosul, March 27, 2020. (AP) December 3, 2020 In a quest to root out ISIS group hideouts over the summer, Iraqi forces on the ground cleared nearly 90 villages across a notoriously unruly northern province. [...]

By |December 3rd, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|