Iraqi expert on armed groups shot dead in Baghdad after Iran-backed militia threats

Security forces stand guard at the assassination scene of Hisham al-Hashimi, in Zeyouneh area, Baghdad, Iraq, July 7, 2020. (AP) July 7, 2020 An Iraqi analyst who was a leading expert on the Islamic State and other armed groups was shot dead in Baghdad on Monday after receiving threats from Iran-backed militias. Gunmen [...]

By |July 7th, 2020|Iraq|

Iraq partially reopens Iran trade crossing

Iranian customs checkpoint on a border crossing with Iraq in Kermanshah province. (Twitter) July 07, 2020 Iraq partially reopened its southern Shalamcheh border crossing with Iran on Tuesday after more than three months of closure to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, border officials said. The crossing was being opened only for [...]

By |July 7th, 2020|Iraq|

Iran spending hundreds of millions on religious shrines in Iraq and Syria

An Iranian organization has been developing and extending the Shrine of Imam Hossein in Karbala, Iraq. (Tasnim) July 06, 2020 The head of Iran's Holy Shrines' Reconstruction Headquarters, Mohammad Jalal Ma'ab, says, despite the coronavirus epidemic in Iraq, building the "Zaynab Courtyard" project in the city of Karbala "continued unabated". According to the [...]

By |July 6th, 2020|Iraq, Syria|

Coronavirus, sanctions hit Iran’s support of Iraq proxies

Iraqi Hezbollah scouts parade with a portrait of Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei in Baghdad. (AP) July 4, 2020 Iran’s financial and military support for its proxy paramilitary groups in Iraq, a linchpin of its regional foreign policy, has been dramatically disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic and US sanctions, according to people familiar [...]

By |July 4th, 2020|Iraq|

Iran’s Sumar border crossing with Iraq to be transformed into trading route

Iran President Hassan Rouhani. (IRNA) July 4, 2020 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ordered the upgrade of a border crossing with Iraq and turning it into a trading route, daily press Baghdad Today reported. Rouhani called on Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Minister of Roads and Urban Development to work on the reformation of [...]

By |July 4th, 2020|Iraq|

Iran’s rough road in Iraq

Demonstrators run from tear gas thrown by Iraqi security forces during the ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq November 12, 2019. (Reuters) July 2, 2020 Iran's influence in Iraq through proxy groups appears to be facing serious challenges as the new Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi is trying to control pro-Iranian Shiite militia groups, [...]

By |July 2nd, 2020|Iraq|

Turkey and Iran orchestrate joint military operations against Kurdish insurgents

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Ankara, Turkey, May 7, 2017. (Reuters) By Aykan Erdemir June 29, 2020 Turkey and Iran last week carried out joint military operations against Kurdish insurgents in northern Iraq’s self-ruled Kurdistan region. This security cooperation shows that despite the lethal clashes between Turkish troops and Iran’s [...]

By |June 29th, 2020|Iraq, Turkey|

Iraqi security forces raid Iran-backed militia headquarters

Iraqi security forces demonstrate combat techniques during a training session in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP) June 26, 2020 Iraqi security forces raided a headquarters belonging to a powerful Iran-backed militia south of Baghdad late on Thursday, seized rockets and detained three commanders of the group at the site, two Iraqi government officials said. The [...]

By |June 26th, 2020|Iraq|

Iran, Turkey likely coordinating attacks on Kurdish areas

Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, greets his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, right, on 7 April 2015. (AFP) June 19, 2020 Iran and Turkey are likely cooperating in their recent attacks against Kurdish areas in Iraq and Iran, according to experts. Dr. Sarbist Nebi, a political philosophy professor and analyst, told Al Arabiya English that the [...]

By |June 19th, 2020|Iraq, Turkey|

Saudi Arabia condemns Iranian, Turkish military interventions in Iraq

Saudi Arabian Riyadh city view. (Shutterstock) June 18, 2020 Saudi Arabia condemned Turkish and Iranian aggression in Iraq, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday. The condemnation came after Turkish special forces and helicopters have been targeting Kurdish rebel hideouts in northern Iraq since Wednesday. Iran also shelled Kurdish areas on Tuesday. [...]

By |June 18th, 2020|Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey|