Iran tasked Nasrallah with uniting Iraqi proxies after Soleimani’s death

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (L), Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah (C), and Commander of Iran’s Quds Force Qassem Soleimani. ( January 17, 2020 The leaders of Iranian-backed paramilitary groups  in Iraq have agreed to put their differences aside and back Hadi al-Amiri as the new chairman of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) as part [...]

By |January 17th, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon|

Eleven US troops injured in Iran missile attack in Iraq: US military

Iran launched attacks on Iraqi bases housing US forces in retaliation for a US drone strike in Baghdad last Friday that killed a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, Jan 8, 2020. (Getty) January 17, 2020 Eleven US troops were treated for concussion symptoms as a result of the Jan. 8 Iranian missile attack on [...]

By |January 17th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iran’s top leader praises attack on US bases in Iraq

People listen to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as he speaks at a ceremony in Tehran, Iran, June 4, 2019. (Reuters) January 17, 2020 Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a Friday prayers sermon that Iran’s missile strikes on US targets in Iraq showed it had divine support in delivering a [...]

By |January 17th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iraqis worry US-Iran tensions are eclipsing their protests

An Iraqi protester hits a poster showing the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's foreign wing, or Quds Force, Gen. Qassim Soleimani with a shoe during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Nov. 3, 2019. (AP) January 15, 2020 Young Iraqis who drove mass protests demanding sweeping political reforms are worried that the conflict [...]

By |January 15th, 2020|Iraq|

US troops clear rubble from Iraq base days after Iran strike

A bulldozer clears rubble and debris at Ain al-Asad airbase in Anbar, Iraq on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP) January 14, 2020 US troops were clearing rubble and debris on Monday from a military base housing American soldiers in western Iraq, days after it was struck by Iranian ballistic missiles. The Ain Al-Asad [...]

By |January 14th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iraq summons Iranian ambassador, refuses striking military bases on Iraqi lands

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali al-Hakim (R) receives Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif (L) in Baghdad during an official visit. (AFP) January 10, 2020 Iraq’s ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement on Thursday that it has summoned the Iranian ambassador to inform him of Iraq’s refusal to strike military bases [...]

By |January 10th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Air strike kills eight Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitaries in east Syria

Popular Mobilization Forces members stand by a burning truck after a drone attack blamed on Israel near Qaim border crossing, in Anbar province, Iraq, August 25, 2019. (AP) January 10, 2020 An airstrike in eastern Syria killed eight fighters from the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Unit militias, known as the Hashed al-Shaabi, a war [...]

By |January 10th, 2020|Iraq, Syria|

Moqtada al-Sadr calls for speedy formation of strong govt in Iraq

Moqtada al-Sadr addresses his supporters at the grand mosque of Kufa on September 21, 2018. (AFP) January 9, 2020 Moqtada al-Sadr addresses his supporters at the grand mosque of Kufa. (File photo: AFP) Prominent Iraqi Shiite political leader Moqtada al-Sadr tweeted on Wednesday calling for the speedy formation of a strong government that will restore Iraq’s [...]

By |January 9th, 2020|Iraq|

Iran missile attacks hit US forces in Iraq, ‘All is well’ says Trump

A missile displayed by Al-Quds Force. (Asharq Al-Awsat) January 9, 2020 Iranian officials say their country does not want war and the firing of 15 missiles at US targets in Iraq yesterday has "concluded" its retaliation for the assassination of its top military official. Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said the Ain Asad air base and another [...]

By |January 9th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iraqi PM was informed by Iran before missile attack

Adel Abdul Mahdi, the new prime minister, addresses the Iraqi parliament during the vote on the new government, in Baghdad, October 24, 2018. (AFP) January 9, 2020 Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi's spokesman said on Wednesday Iran had sent him a verbal message about an imminent response to the U.S. killing of [...]

By |January 9th, 2020|Iraq|