US extends Iran sanctions waiver for new Iraqi government, pledges support

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Iraq in May amid increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran. (AP) May 7, 2020 Iraq has succeeded forming a government after months of instability, and the United States welcomed the move by extending a waiver on Iran sanctions to ease pressure on the new leader. In [...]

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

The ten million dollar Hezbollah sheikh, ‘wanted’

The new commander of IRGC's Qods Force Esmail Qaani (L) and Lebanese Shiite cleric Muhammad Kawtharani, who has long spearheaded Hezbollah's Iraq policy. (Mashregh) May 05, 2020 Last month the United States offered a prize for providing "any information on the activities, networks and colleagues" of a senior Lebanese Hezbollah official, thought to [...]

By |May 5th, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon, North America, USA|

A rift emerges among pro-Iranian militias in Iraq

The PMU that emerged in the fall of 2014 was also made up of territorial brigades linked to kay Shi’ite shrines. (CNN) April 30, 2020 Iraq’s politics may be getting even more divided after the acting Prime Minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, sought to affirm his office’s control over key Iraqi paramilitary groups. The powerful [...]

By |April 30th, 2020|Iraq|

Mother and newborn separated by closed Iran-Iraqi border

A member of medical team checks the body temperature of an Iraqi man upon arrival from Iran, east of Basra city, Feb 20, 2020. (EPA-EFE) April 30, 2020 Clutching her tablet in her lap, Rafiqa Ibrahim Radi, an Iraqi mother of three, tears up while watching videos of her newborn son Seif. Lying in [...]

By |April 30th, 2020|Iraq|

Why has Iran’s unpopularity sharply risen in Iraq?

An Iraqi protester hits a poster showing the leader of the IRGC-Quds Force, Gen. Qassim Soleimani with a shoe during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Nov. 3, 2019. (AP) By Track Persia April 29, 2020 Iraqi politicians including those affiliated to Iran have chosen Mustafa al-Kadhimi as Iraq’s interim prime minister to [...]

By |April 29th, 2020|Iraq|

U.S. renews waiver for Iraq to import Iranian electricity, shortens time

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US special representative on Iran Brian Hook (background) arrive to al-Bateen Air Base in Abu Dhabi on September 19, 2019. (AFP) April 27, 2020 The United States has renewed a waiver for Iraq to continue importing Iranian electricity, a State Department official said on Sunday, but [...]

By |April 27th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

US troops say they braved Iranian missile attack despite being warned hours earlier

Iran launched attacks on Iraqi bases housing US forces in retaliation for a US drone strike in Baghdad that killed Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, Jan 8, 2020. (Getty) By Nick Givas and Jennifer Griffin April 23, 2020 A new Department of Defense (DOD) report revealed that U.S. troops stationed in Iraq held their posts at IraqAl Assad [...]

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

Iraq resists Iranian pressure to reopen border closed to slow Covid-19

Iranian customs checkpoint on a border crossing with Iraq in Kermanshah province. (Twitter) By Alissa J. Rubin and Falih Hassan April 23, 2020 Truck by truck, border post by border post, a power struggle is unfolding between Iraq and Iran over when to reopen the frontier between the two countries, which Iraq closed [...]

By |April 23rd, 2020|Iraq|

Iraqi militia group in Iran ‘to fight’ COVID-19 pandemic

  This makeshift "disinfection" shed in Qom is set up by the Iraqi Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba militia group. April 19, 2020. (Supplied) April 20, 2020 The representative of a pro-Iran Shiite armed militia in Iraq has announced that members of the group are in Iran to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. Abbas Mousavi [...]

By |April 20th, 2020|Iraq|

The complex relationship between Shiite clerics and Iran’s construction companies and proxy militias in Iraq, doesn’t that tell you something?   

Former IRGC commander and alleged Qods Force officer Hassan Pelarak inaugurating the initial phases of a project to expand Zahra shrine in Najaf, Iraq, September 20, 2016. By Track Persia April 18, 2020 On 12 March, United States warplanes struck five targets in Iraq including an airport under construction in the city of [...]

By |April 18th, 2020|Iraq|