Iran-backed leaders in Iraq call for terrorist operations in Saudi Arabia

Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Nujaba armed group march during a military parade marking Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day in Baghdad, May 31, 2019. (AFP) May 25, 2020 Two Iran-backed Iraqi militias have called for terrorist attacks to be launched against Saudi Arabia. Spokesmen for the Iran-backed Kata’ib Hezbollah and al-Nujaba Movement, which both fall under [...]

By |May 25th, 2020|Iraq, Saudi Arabia|

Hook says Soleimani’s death helps Iraqis limit Iranian influence

Brian Hook, US Special Representative for Iran, speaks at a news conference in London, Britain June 28, 2019. (REUTERS) May 23, 2020 US Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook has said that the killing of Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani in a US strike near Baghdad airport earlier this year has giving Iraq [...]

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

Iraqi lawmaker calls for posters of Iran’s Ali Khamenei hung in Baghdad to be removed

A poster in Baghdad which shows the faces of Khamenei, Qassem Soleimani, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, May 20, 2020. (Twitter) May 22, 2020 An outspoken Iraqi lawmaker questioned on Wednesday why authorities put up posters and images of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Iraq, after a large poster [...]

By |May 22nd, 2020|Iraq|

Is Kadhimi a genuine anti-Iran reformer?

PMF chairman Falih al-Fayyadh with Iraq’s PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi at a meeting at PMF headquarters in Baghdad on May 16, 2020. (Facebook) By Track Persia May 18, 2020 After more than five months with a caretaker government headed by Adel Abdul Mahdi and two failed nominations for the premiership, Iraq has finally settled [...]

By |May 18th, 2020|Iraq, Opinions On Iran|

Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria, says Iran’s Khamenei

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (AFP) May 18, 2020 Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Sunday, renewing Iran’s demand for US troops to be withdrawn from the Middle East. Iran almost got into a full-blown conflict with the United States when a US [...]

By |May 18th, 2020|Iraq, North America, Syria, USA|

Thar Allah: Iran’s forgotten terror proxy in Iraq

An Iraqi protester waves the national flag during a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services and unemployment, October 3, 2019. (AFP) By Robert Tollast May 16, 2020 It was a bold opening gambit from new Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi. On the night of May 10, protesters gathered outside the offices of [...]

By |May 16th, 2020|Iraq|

Iraq’s Kurdish region becomes less safe for Iranian dissidents

Mostafa Salimi, one of the escapees, was arrested by authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan and extradited to Iran. (Twitter) May 15, 2020 Long hailed as a haven for minority groups, Iraq’s northern autonomous Kurdistan region has turned into treacherous territory for many Iranian dissidents and refugees escaping persecution from Iranian authorities, rights activists say. [...]

By |May 15th, 2020|Iraq|

Iran is losing its grip in Iraq

Iraqi protesters burning Iranian flag during demonstration in Karbala, Iraq, November 6, 2019. (AP) By Eli Lake May 14, 2020 When US missiles killed Iran’s most important general and its most important militia leader in early January as they were visiting Baghdad, it looked like American forces would be kicked out of Iraq. Iraq’s [...]

By |May 14th, 2020|Iraq|

Iraq targets Iran-aligned militia over shooting death of protester

Anti-government protesters take cover while Iraq security forces fire during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP) May 13, 2020 Iraqi security forces have raided the office of an Iran-aligned party in the southern province of Basra and arrested militiamen who fired on demonstrators, killing one protester and injuring several others [...]

By |May 13th, 2020|Iraq|

Collecting and analyzing Shiite militia attacks against the U.S. presence in Iraq

An Iraqi soldiers stands guard in front US military air carrier at the Qayyarah air base in northern Iraq. (AFP) By Behnam Ben Taleblu May 8, 2020 There is a growing consensus that attacks against U.S. facilities and personnel in Iraq by Iran-backed Shiite Militia Groups (SMGs) are increasingly becoming a “new normal.” These [...]

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