U.S. says it blacklisted Iran’s ambassador to Iraq

Iran’s ambassador to Iraq Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi. (Tasnim) October 23, 2020 The United States on Thursday blacklisted Iraj Masjedi, Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq, saying he has for years overseen the training and support of Iraqi militia groups which are responsible for attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. “In his current [...]

By |October 23rd, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Fresh row over sanctions as record haul of smuggled drugs seized on Iran-Iraq border

Iranian customs checkpoint on a border crossing with Iraq in Kermanshah province. (Twitter) October 20, 2020 News broke on Saturday of a record haul of drugs being smuggled from Iran into Iraq, with the Iraqi army reporting it had intercepted some 19 trucks of medicines in Diyala governorate. The trucks were heading toward [...]

By |October 20th, 2020|Iraq|

Carrying Soleimani posters, pro-Iran protesters torch Kurd party offices in Iraq

A supporter of an Iran-backed militia holds a poster of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, deputy commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis during a protest in Baghdad, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP) October 17, 2020 Supporters of the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) militias on Saturday burned down the main Kurdish party’s headquarters in Baghdad after criticism [...]

By |October 17th, 2020|Iraq|

Iraq seizes truckloads of drugs smuggled from Iran

Medicine shipped to Iran from South Korea on April 10, 2020. (Twitter) October 17, 2020 Iraqi military intelligence officials announced on Thursday that they confiscated 19 trucks loaded with hundreds of thousands of medicines smuggled from the country's western neighbor, Iran. Describing it as "the largest drug smuggling operation from Iran," Iraqi media [...]

By |October 17th, 2020|Iraq|

Iran’s sanction busting pipeline is just months from completion

Workers set up a natural gas pipeline at Iraq's border with Iran in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, April 12, 2016. (Reuters) By Simon Watkins October 16, 2020 With sanctions on Iran still in place following the U.S.’s unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018, Tehran has been [...]

By |October 16th, 2020|East Asia, Iraq, Middle East|

Iran and Iraq reach deal to release trapped energy payments

Flames emerge from flare stacks at the oil fields in Kirkuk, Iraq October 18, 2017. (REUTERS) October 13, 2020 Iran has secured a trade agreement with Iraq that will enable it to access funds trapped in Baghdad because of US sanctions, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. Abdolnaser Hemmati, head of [...]

By |October 13th, 2020|Iraq|

Iran-backed militias offer truce for US pullout from Iraq

An Iraqi soldier stands guard during the hand over of Qayyarah Airfield West from US-led coalition forces to Iraqi Security Forces, in Mosul, March 26, 2020. (Reuters) October 12, 2020 Iraqi militias backed by Iran have agreed to temporarily halt attacks targeting the American presence in Iraq, on the condition that U.S.-led coalition [...]

By |October 12th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

An Iraqi father confronts Iran-backed militia in search for missing son

Demonstrators run from tear gas thrown by Iraqi security forces during anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq November 12, 2019. (Reuters) October 2, 2020 In the span of 30 seconds, Ali Jasb, a young rights lawyer, vanished into the night in southern Iraq. On an evening a year ago, a woman emerged from a [...]

By |October 2nd, 2020|Iraq|

Turkey, Iran deploy ‘game-changing’ drones in north Iraq

At least 17 people were killed in an attack by IRGC that targeted Iranian Kurdish separatists, September 12, 2018. (EPA) October 2, 2020 Turkey and Iran are increasingly adopting "game-changing" drones as their weapon of choice against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, prompting fears for the safety of civilians and stoking geopolitical tensions. [...]

By |October 2nd, 2020|Iraq, Turkey|

US says ‘can’t tolerate’ attacks by Iranian-backed militias in Iraq

Iraqi security forces are deployed in front of the US embassy in the capital Baghdad on January 1, 2020. (AFP) October 1, 2020 Washington warned Thursday that it would not tolerate attacks on US interests in Iraq by Iran-backed militias, as Baghdad worries about a possible US withdrawal. "We can't tolerate the threats [...]

By |October 1st, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|