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|

Iran expands shrines and influence in Iraq

An Iranian organization has been developing and extending the Shrine of Imam Hossein in Karbala, Iraq. (Tasnim) By John Davison December 2, 2020 In September, a senior Iranian commander made an unannounced visit to one of Shi’ite Islam’s holiest sites in the southern Iraqi city of Kerbala. Hassan Pelarak, a top officer in [...]

By |December 2nd, 2020|Iraq|

US takes down websites belonging to Iran-backed groups in Iraq

The US Department of Justice seized a website affiliated with Iraq's Badr Organization. (Screengrab) December 2, 2020 The US Justice Department has seized a website belonging to Iraq’s paramilitary Badr Organization in what one expert said is part of a broader US attempt to pressure Iran-backed groups in the country. “There’s been much [...]

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

Iraq trains in Egypt a US-sanctioned Iran-linked militia leader for army position

Cardboard cutouts of late Iran's IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis are seen during a memorial day of their killing in Baghdad, Iraq Febr 11, 2020. (Reuters) November 27, 2020 The Iraqi military is training a former member of an Iran-backed militia, who is under U.S. sanctions for [...]

By |November 27th, 2020|Egypt, Iraq, North America, USA|

US extends sanctions waiver for Iraq to import Iranian gas

Flames emerge from flare stacks at the oil fields in Kirkuk, Iraq October 18, 2017. (REUTERS) November 21, 2020 Washington has granted Iraq a shortened 45-day sanctions waiver to import Iranian gas that will expire days before US President Donald Trump’s term ends, an Iraqi official said Saturday. Baghdad buys gas and electricity [...]

By |November 21st, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Shadowy new militias in Iraq targeting US forces as new front for Iran

An Iraqi soldiers stands guard in front US military air carrier at the Qayyarah air base in northern Iraq. (AFP) November 19, 2020 A handful of shadowy Shia militias have emerged over the last year in Iraq intent on targeting US coalition forces and Western interests in the country. The new militias, loyal [...]

By |November 19th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Game-changing Arab role against Iran’s Baghdad proxies

Iraqi Shia militiamen hold portraits of Iran's late leader Ayatollah Khomeini (C), Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (L) and Iraqi Shia cleric Ali al-Sistani during a parade in Baghdad. (Reuters) By Baria Alamuddin November 16, 2020 Arab investments are a “threat” to Iraq: This is what pro-Iran elements are claiming following the landmark meeting [...]

By |November 16th, 2020|Iraq, Middle East, Saudi Arabia|

Iran, Iraq plan for military cooperation

Iraqi policemen demonstrate combat techniques during a training session in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP) November 16, 2020 Iran and Iraq are planning for military cooperation in the near future, announced Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri. Bagheri indicated that the new collaboration would lead to greater stability [...]

By |November 16th, 2020|Iraq|

Iran’s campaign of terror in Iraqi Kurdistan

Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the KDPI inspect damage at their party headquarters in Koysinjaq, Irbil, Sept 12, 2018. (AFP) By Havari Yousefi November 13, 2020 The Islamic Republic of Iran has carried out more assassinations in Iraqi Kurdistan than in any other country or region of the world, with 259 people killed and [...]

By |November 13th, 2020|Iraq, Minorities|

Iraq’s pro-Iran factions see smoother sailing with Biden at helm

Iran-backed Shia militias in the city of Tikrit, Iraq. (CNN) November 10, 2020 Iraq's pro-Tehran factions have welcomed Joe Biden's election as US president, alarming officials and activists in Baghdad who fear a US-Iran deescalation could empower hardliners in their own country. Baghdad has long been caught in a tug-of-war for influence between its two main [...]

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