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|

Misjudgement of the growing anti-Iran sentiments led to the puppet-master’s demise

Iranian IRGC members carry a coffin of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani during a funeral procession in Tehran, Iran January 6, 2020. (Reuters) By Track Persia January 8, 2020 There have been frenzied pro-Iran analyses on the sequences of the killing of Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian general, since his assassination alongside pro-Iran Iraqi Shiite [...]

By |January 8th, 2020|Iran, Iraq, Middle East, North America, USA|

Time to increase economic pressure on Iran’s allies in Iraq

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Iraq in May amid increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran. (AP) By Saeed Ghasseminejad January 8, 2020 At Tehran’s direction, Iraqi Shiite militias laid siege to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad this week, to which the United States responded with an airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and several key associates. While [...]

By |January 8th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Asian countries brace to evacuate workers in Iraq, Iran

Mourners surround a car carrying the coffins of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killed in a US air strike in Baghdad, on January 4, 2020. (AFP) January 7, 2020 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to prepare to deploy its aircraft and ships “at any [...]

By |January 7th, 2020|East Asia, Iraq|

Trump again eyes Iranian cultural sites, says Iraq faces sanctions over possible U.S. troop withdrawal

U.S. President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House, March 25, 2018. (REUTERS) January 6, 2020 After a 17-day sojourn at his Florida estate, U.S. President Donald Trump returned to Washington on January 5 facing the fallout from the strike he ordered to kill a powerful Iranian general. According [...]

By |January 6th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Thousands in Baghdad mourn Iranian general killed by US

Mourners surround a car carrying the coffins of Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killed in a US air strike, during their funeral procession in Kadhimiya, Baghdad, on January 4, 2020. (AFP) January 4, 2020 Thousands of mourners gathered Saturday for a funeral procession through Baghdad for Iran’s top general [...]

By |January 4th, 2020|Iraq|

Iraqis ‘dancing in the street’ after Soleimani death

An Iraqi protester hits a poster showing the leader of the IRGC - Quds Force, Gen. Qassim Soleimani with a shoe during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Nov. 3, 2019. (AP) January 4, 2020 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo posted a video on Twitter Thursday he said showed Iraqis “dancing in the street” after the [...]

By |January 4th, 2020|Iraq|

US to designate Iran-backed Iraqi militia group Asaib Ahl al-Haqq as terrorist entity

Iran-linked protesters burn Israeli and US flags while others carry posters with pictures of Qais al-Khazali, during a rally for the Shiite group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP) January 3, 2020 The United States has announced it will designate Iraqi militant group Asaib Ahl al-Haqq, also known as [...]

By |January 3rd, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|