Pentagon accused of giving Iran cover after Iraq attack as Joe Biden mulls retaliation

A bulldozer clears rubble and debris at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, Iraq on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP) By David Brennan March 6, 2021 Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby has come under fire for his apparent hesitation to link Iran to Shia militias operating in Iraq and launching attacks against U.S. and [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Iraq, North America, USA|

US agrees to release frozen Iranian assets in Iraq

A shop worker arranges the cans of Iranian tomato paste at a super market in the city of Najaf, Iraq October 7, 2018. (REUTERS) March 06, 2021 Secretary-General of the Iran-Iraq Joint Chamber of Commerce Hamid Hosseini revealed on Friday that the US has agreed to release frozen Iranian assets in Iraq. "After [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Iraq, North America, USA|

Turkish-Iranian diplomatic row erupts over Iraq

Kurdistan Workers' Party fighters stand in formation, undated. (Getty) March 1, 2021 A diplomatic row erupted between Turkey and Iran after the Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, had made controversial statements on his country’s opposition to Turkish military intervention in Iraq. Turkey's Foreign Ministry summoned Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Farazmand on February 28 [...]

By |March 1st, 2021|Iraq, Turkey|

The strike on Abu Kamal and future impacts of U.S. use of force against Iran-backed Shiite militias in Syria rather than Iraq

A closer view of an Iraq-Syria border crossing and buildings before airstrikes, February 3, 2021. (Maxar) By Track Perisa February 27, 2021 An Iran-backed Iraqi militia using a base in east Syria Abu Kamal was bombed by a U.S. aircraft in the early hours of February 26. According to U.S. military reports, seven-guided [...]

By |February 27th, 2021|Iraq, North America, Syria, USA|

Iraqi interpreters face death threats from Iranian-backed militias

The UK’s Ministry of Defense said it was investigating the allegations. (AP) February 27, 2021 Eight Iraqi interpreters who worked with British forces fighting Daesh have said they fear for their lives after receiving threats from Iranian-backed militias. Seven of the interpreters have gone into hiding as they believe their identities have been [...]

By |February 27th, 2021|Europe, Iraq, North America, USA|

President Biden orders airstrike against Iran-backed militia in Syria following rocket attacks against US forces in Iraq

Gen. Lloyd Austin answers questions during his confirmation before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, U.S. Jan 19, 2021. (REUTERS) February 26, 2021 The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a [...]

By |February 26th, 2021|Iraq, North America, Syria, USA|

HRW lauds Iraqi arrest of alleged members of Iran-backed force

Mourners carry the coffin of an Iraqi civil activist who was killed by an Iran-backed militia in Kerbala, Iraq, Dec 9, 2019. (Reuters) February 25, 2021 Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday welcomed the arrest in Iraq of four alleged members of the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). The four men are under [...]

By |February 25th, 2021|Iraq|

Biden should know that if left unchallenged, the attacks of Iran’s proxies will certainly continue

This Feb. 22, 2021 photo shows destroyed vehicles as a result of the rocket attack on Baghdad's Green Zone. (Supplied) By Track Persia February 24, 2021 Two rockets landed in Baghdad’s Green Zone housing foreign embassies on Monday evening. According to Iraqi security sources, a third rocket fell just west of the Green [...]

By |February 24th, 2021|Iraq, North America, USA|

U.S. says it won’t ‘lash out’ after blaming Iran for rocket attack on U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

Iraqi security forces are deployed in front of the US embassy in the capital Baghdad on January 1, 2020. (AFP) February 23, 2021 A State Department spokesman has said the United States will hold Iran "responsible" for a rocket barrage on February 22 that targeted the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital. But [...]

By |February 23rd, 2021|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran closes Iraq border points to stem spread of coronavirus variant

A member of medical team checks the body temperature of an Iraqi man upon arrival from Iran, east of Basra city, Febr 20, 2020. (EPA-EFE) February 22, 2021 Iran closed several crossing points with Iraq on Saturday in an effort to stem the spread of a mutant variant of coronavirus which the Iranian [...]

By |February 22nd, 2021|Iraq|