Iran seeks to cool tensions in Iraq

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi welcomes Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Tehran, Sept 12, 2021. (Reuters) December 22, 2021 Iran is intervening in Iraq to quell destabilizing internal unrest stirred up by Iranian-backed militias. The actions come as Tehran seeks to preserve its deep influence in the country while also navigating tense negotiations [...]

By |December 22nd, 2021|Iraq|

Shia militias in Iraq change uniforms to avoid US attacks

A member of the militia stationed on the Syrian-Iraqi borders said his group is now using civilian cars to move around. (IranWire) By Ahmad Salloum December 18, 2021 Members of the Iran-backed Kata’ib Hezbollah – otherwise known as the Hezbollah Brigades – in Iraq have replaced their uniforms with civilian clothes and stared dressing like [...]

By |December 18th, 2021|Iraq, North America, USA|

What has triggered the schism between Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and its allies in Iraq

Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, speaks during a news conference in Basra, September 11, 2018. (AFP) By Track Persia December 13, 2021 New indications have revealed that the powerful Iran-allied Shiite militias and  Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)-Quds Force have witnessed a deep schism. This comes as Iraj Masjedi, a senior [...]

By |December 13th, 2021|Iraq|

Iran-backed militias use vegetable trucks to smuggle weapons into Syria

Members of the Iranian-backed Liwa Fatimiyoun militia in Syria, undated. (Asharq Al-Awsat) December 8, 2021 A shipment of arms and ammunition loaded on vegetable trucks entered Syrian territory from Iraq, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Observatory said that the shipment was smuggled out "fear of being targeted” by the [...]

By |December 8th, 2021|Iraq, Syria|

New blow to Iran’s government, Iraq seeks to remove it from its energy market

About 80 percent of Tehran’s electricity exports go to Iraq, and the rest to Pakistan and Afghanistan.. (Shutterstock) December 7, 2021 Iraq is facing many problems due to the continuation of international sanctions against the Iranian government and is seeking to replace gas and electricity imported from Iran. Energy expert Mehdi Karamipour has [...]

By |December 7th, 2021|Iraq|

Iraqi water ministry moves to file lawsuit against Iran

Local officials says the Darbandikhan dam in KRI was down to 28 cubic meters of water in March, compared to a usual volume for that time of year of 400 cubic meters or more. (DW) By Mina Aldroubi December 7, 2021 Iraq has completed procedures to file a lawsuit with the International Court [...]

By |December 7th, 2021|Iraq|

US renewed Iran sanctions waiver for Iraq as nuclear talk resumed

Employees walk past flames rising from the burning of excess natural gas at the Bin Omar natural gas station, on January 12, 2017. (AFP) December 4, 2021 The United States 'quietly' renewed a waiver for Iraq to buy Iranian electricity just as Iran’s nuclear talks in Vienna resumed, a conservative website has said. [...]

By |December 4th, 2021|Iraq, North America, USA|

Prosecutor in Iran says 128 people indicted for Soleimani killing

Qassem Soleimani, the former head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' elite Qods Force. (NRT) November 29, 2021 An Iranian prosecutor says 124 people have been indicted in absentia for the killing of Iran’s general Qasem Soleimani by US drones in Baghdad, in January 2020. Saeed Farhadinia, special prosecutor in the international crimes [...]

By |November 29th, 2021|Iraq, North America, USA|

Observers: Iran-backed Iraqi Shiite militias threaten Iraq’s sovereignty

Members of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, during a symbolic funeral in Baghdad, on June 29, 2021, carry the mock coffins of comrades who were killed by US airstrikes. (AFP) November 20, 2021 There has been no claim of responsibility for the November 7 assassination attempt on Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, but analysts [...]

By |November 20th, 2021|Iraq|

Iraqi Shiite cleric calls on pro-Iran militias to disband

Moqtada al-Sadr addresses his supporters at the grand mosque of Kufa on Sept 21, 2018. (AFP) November 19, 2021 Iraq’s influential Shiite cleric who emerged as a winner in last month’s general elections on Thursday called on the country’s myriad pro-Iran Shiite armed factions to disband if they want to join his upcoming [...]

By |November 19th, 2021|Iraq|