Why did Iran-backed militias silence extremism expert Hisham al-Hashimi?

Security forces stand guard at the assassination scene of Hisham al-Hashimi, in Zeyouneh area, Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, July, 7, 2020. (AP) By Track Persia July 12, 2020 The assassination of the prominent Iraqi security and extremism in Baghdad on 6 July 2020  may prove to be a covert message from Iran to its [...]

By |July 12th, 2020|Iraq|

At border with Iran, Iraq PM vows to fight customs corruption

Iraqi border police stand guard on the Iraqi side of the Mandili crossing on the border with Iran on July 11, 2020. (AFP) July 11, 2020 Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi launched a new campaign on Saturday against corruption at the country’s borders, saying millions of dollars were being lost by not properly [...]

By |July 11th, 2020|Iraq|

Is ideological difference between Shiite leadership models in Iraq and Iran exaggerated?

Shiite Muslim pilgrims walk in front of posters of (R to L) Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, and the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group Hasan Nasrallah, in Najaf, Iraq, Oct 12, 2019. (AFP) By Track Persia July 10, 2020 Some observers think that the differences between ideological concepts [...]

By |July 10th, 2020|Ideology, Iraq|

Iraqi Kurdistan warns of COVID-19 surge as Iranians storm border

Iranian Sufis stormed the border with Iraq to attend the funeral of an important religious leader who died on July 9, 2020. (Supplied) July 10, 2020 The Ministry of Health in Iraqi Kurdistan warned of a health disaster on July 9 as thousands of Iranian dervishes stormed a border checkpoint and illegally entered the [...]

By |July 10th, 2020|Iraq|

Iran-backed militia says PM’s actions could bring escalation in Iraq

Iraq’s PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi at a meeting at PMF headquarters in Baghdad on May 16, 2020. (Facebook) July 9, 2020 A powerful Iran-backed militia said Wednesday there would be “escalation” if Iraq’s prime minister continues to clamp down on armed groups, as tensions spiked following the killing of a prominent analyst, pitting the [...]

By |July 9th, 2020|Iraq|

US Secretary of State hints at Iran links in killing of Iraq expert

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. (REUTERS) July 8, 2020 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday demanded justice over the killing of a prominent Iraqi extremist expert and highlighted threats against him by Iran-linked groups. Hisham Al-Hashemi, an internationally known scholar whose vast contacts inside Iraq made him a mediator among [...]

By |July 8th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iraqi expert on armed groups shot dead in Baghdad after Iran-backed militia threats

Security forces stand guard at the assassination scene of Hisham al-Hashimi, in Zeyouneh area, Baghdad, Iraq, July 7, 2020. (AP) July 7, 2020 An Iraqi analyst who was a leading expert on the Islamic State and other armed groups was shot dead in Baghdad on Monday after receiving threats from Iran-backed militias. Gunmen [...]

By |July 7th, 2020|Iraq|

Iraq partially reopens Iran trade crossing

Iranian customs checkpoint on a border crossing with Iraq in Kermanshah province. (Twitter) July 07, 2020 Iraq partially reopened its southern Shalamcheh border crossing with Iran on Tuesday after more than three months of closure to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, border officials said. The crossing was being opened only for [...]

By |July 7th, 2020|Iraq|

Iran spending hundreds of millions on religious shrines in Iraq and Syria

An Iranian organization has been developing and extending the Shrine of Imam Hossein in Karbala, Iraq. (Tasnim) July 06, 2020 The head of Iran's Holy Shrines' Reconstruction Headquarters, Mohammad Jalal Ma'ab, says, despite the coronavirus epidemic in Iraq, building the "Zaynab Courtyard" project in the city of Karbala "continued unabated". According to the [...]

By |July 6th, 2020|Iraq, Syria|

Coronavirus, sanctions hit Iran’s support of Iraq proxies

Iraqi Hezbollah scouts parade with a portrait of Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei in Baghdad. (AP) July 4, 2020 Iran’s financial and military support for its proxy paramilitary groups in Iraq, a linchpin of its regional foreign policy, has been dramatically disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic and US sanctions, according to people familiar [...]

By |July 4th, 2020|Iraq|