Qaani and Soleimani complex

IRGC Quds Force commander Esmail Qaani (R) sits beside his predecessor, Qassem Soleimani in a photo that was circulated online after Soleimani's death. (Supplied) By Track Persia October 18, 2021 A day following Iraq’s parliamentary elections which were held on 10 October, reports emerged on some news outlets about an unannounced visit by [...]

By |October 18th, 2021|Iraq|

The general’s second death in Baghdad

A woman shows her ink-marked finger after casting her vote inside a polling station in the country's parliamentary elections in Basra, Iraq, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. (AP) By Amir Taheri October 15, 2021 Bravo Iraq! This was the phrase that automatically came to my mind the other day as the Iraq’s latest general [...]

By |October 15th, 2021|Iraq|

Iranian news agency harshly attacks Iraqi Kurdish leaders

Kurds celebrate to show their support for an independence referendum in Sulaimania, Iraq, Sept 20, 2017. (REUTERS) October 13, 2021 Fars news agency in Tehran affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard has harshly accused Iraqi Kurdish leaders of cooperating with foreign countries against Iran. The tough-worded article says that Iraqi Kurdistan’s leadership has made [...]

By |October 13th, 2021|Iraq|

Pro-Iran groups denounce Iraq election as ‘scam’

Hadi Al-Amari (C) the head of the pro-Iranian Badr Organization walks with Shi’ite fighters south of Mosul, undated. (REUTERS) October 13, 2021 Two days after Iraq’s legislative election, pro-Iranian Shiite parties and armed groups on Tuesday denounced early poll results as "manipulation" and a "scam". Sunday’s parliamentary election -- the fifth in the [...]

By |October 13th, 2021|Iraq|

IRGC commander in Baghdad as pro-Iran groups lose ground in election

Brigadier General Esmail Qaani (Ghaani), IRGC Quds Force deputy, undated. (IRNA) October 12, 2021 The new commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ expeditionary Quds Force has come to Baghdad on an unannounced visit, a source in the Iraqi parliament confirmed. Ismail Ghani arrived in the Iraqi capital at dawn on Monday, October [...]

By |October 12th, 2021|Iraq|

Partial results show pro-Iran groups losing Iraq election

The pro-Iranian Shiite Al-Fattah is led by Hadi Al-Amiri, head of the Badr Organization. (AFP) October 12, 2021 An alliance of Iraqi candidates representing Shiite militias supported by neighboring Iran has emerged as the biggest loser in the country’s national elections, according to partial results released Monday. The results, posted online successively, also [...]

By |October 12th, 2021|Iraq|

Khamenei adviser joins warnings to Iraqi Kurds over ‘terrorist groups’

Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi. (Mehr) October 7, 2021 The military adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warned Wednesday that Iran would not accept “any bordering country” hosting "anti-Iran terrorist groups." “We warn that we will deal with counter-revolutionary groups anywhere on the borders around our country, where governments host them and provide [...]

By |October 7th, 2021|Iraq, Minorities|

Party linked to Iran-backed militia to run in Iraq elections

Members of the Iraqi Kataib Hezbollah carry their flag during the funeral of their leader in 2019. (EPA) October 5, 2021 An Iraqi political party, linked to a powerful militia, has announced plans to run in the country's general elections for the first time while calling for the withdrawal of US troops. The [...]

By |October 5th, 2021|Iraq|

UK air force base linked to Soleimani drone strike

A burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following a US airstrike which targeted Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 3, 2020. (AP) October 2, 2021 A new report has linked a UK Royal Air Force base with high-profile US drone strikes, including the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in January last [...]

By |October 2nd, 2021|Europe, Iraq|

Tehran’s agenda of controlling the succession of the most senior Shiite cleric in Najaf

Iraqis carry the coffin of Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Saeed Al-Hakim, one of Iraq's top four Shiite clerics, during his funeral procession in Karbala. (AFP) By Track Persia September 30, 2021 On 3 September, Iraq witnessed the passing of Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Saeed al-Hakim who died aged 85 in Iraq’s Shiite holy city of [...]

By |September 30th, 2021|Ideology, Iraq|