Iran, Iraq, Egypt rely on Ukraine for sunflower oil

A Ukrainian army tank sits in a sunflower field near the village of Maryinka, a suburb of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, on Aug. 5, 2014. (AFP) February 28, 2022 Middle Eastern sunflower oil imports could soon be affected by the Russian attack on Ukraine. Ukraine was the largest exporter of sunflower seed and the related [...]

By |February 28th, 2022|Egypt, Europe, Iraq|

Iran loses Iraq’s gas market

Facilities at the South Pars gas field are illuminated at night in Assaluyeh, Iran. (Reuters) February 25, 2022 According to reports, Iran’s gas exports to Iraq have dropped significantly as Iraq is seeking to import gas from other countries. With the cold season arriving, Iran has faced a shortage of gas and in [...]

By |February 25th, 2022|Iraq|

Sadr eyes taking down Iranian financial cartel operating in Iraq

Moqtada Sadr (2nd from R) sitting in a marquee as he begins a sit-in protest inside Baghdad's fortified "Green Zone" on March 27, 2016. (AFP) February 24, 2022 In Baghdad, advertisement is rife for private banks safeguarded by concrete walls and security detail. But it is hard to find a single customer using [...]

By |February 24th, 2022|Iraq|

Iranian drones posing threat to Israel shot down over Iraq

Wreckage of a drone that was shot down is seen at Ain Al-Asad air base in Anbar province, Iraq Jan 4, 2022. (Reuters) February 18, 2022 Israeli forces say two UAVs launched from Iran were shot down in Iraq amid fears that the drones were intended to reach Israeli territory and explode. It [...]

By |February 18th, 2022|Iraq, Israel|

Iranian influence ‘scattered’ throughout Iraq’s security forces, Pentagon says

Iraqi policemen demonstrate combat techniques during a training session in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP) February 16, 2022 Baghdad is unable to rein in the influence of Iranian proxies operating in Iraq, and Tehran-backed officers are working throughout the Iraqi Security Forces' ranks, a Pentagon report on the US-led coalition based in Iraq has found. [...]

By |February 16th, 2022|Iraq|

With $1.6 billion in arrears, Iraq urges US to allow cash payments to Iran

Iran has already on several occasions cut its Iraqi gas and electricity deliveries, further aggravating the chronic outages that plague the Iraqi grid. (Getty) February 12, 2022 Iraq is $1.6 billion in arrears on its payments for imports of Iranian gas, its acting electricity minister has said, urging Washington to allow cash payments [...]

By |February 12th, 2022|Iraq|

Iran warns Sadr of divisions leading to ISIS resurgence

Former Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani (R), Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) and Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (C) in Tehran, Sept. 10, 2019. (EPA-EFE) February 10, 2022 While Iraq’s Coordination Framework, a coalition of Shiite parties, holds meetings to announce a new political initiative, Iran’s Quds Force Commander Esmail Qaani [...]

By |February 10th, 2022|Iraq|

Will Iranian-backed militias attack Turkey in Iraq?

Destroyed headquarters of Kataib Hezbollah militia group are seen after an air strike in Qaim, Iraq, December 30, 2019. (REUTERS) February 9, 2022 Kataib Hezbollah, which is an Iranian-backed group in Iraq, reportedly threatened Turkish forces in Iraq over the weekend. Turkey has numerous outposts and bases in northern Iraq, and Ankara often [...]

By |February 9th, 2022|Iraq, Turkey|

Five times Iran used Iraqi militias to conduct drone attacks – analysis

Iranian drones are seen during a large-scale drone combat exercise in Semnan in January, 2021. (AFP) February 8, 2022 Iran is expanding its militia threat across the Middle East region – right through to Iraq. The country has been arming, mobilizing and advising militias in Iraq for many years, influencing Iraqi groups back into the [...]

By |February 8th, 2022|Iraq, Middle East|

Iraqis, Afghans helped crush 2019 Iran protests, London Tribunal told

The Iran Atrocities Tribunal in session in London. Feb 6, 2022. (Supplied) February 7, 2022 Afghans and Iraqis were involved in curbing Iranian protests in November 2019, the 'Iran Atrocities Tribunal' was told Saturday. ‘Witness 458’ told the unofficial tribunal in London, which is meeting behind closed doors and not open to most [...]

By |February 7th, 2022|Afghanistan, Europe, Iraq|