Iran’s Guards warn of response to Kurdish rebels based in Iraq

At least 17 people were killed in an attack by IRGC that targeted Iranian Kurdish separatists, September 12, 2018. (EPA) September 7, 2021 The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s ground forces has warned Iraq and the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan not to allow anti-Islamic Republic armed groups to keep a presence on the Iraqi [...]

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

Iraq’s $27 billion energy deal with Total can reduce reliance on Iran

The Total Tower, French oil giant Total headquarters, at La Defense business and financial district in Courbevoie near Paris, Feb 25, 2016. (REUTERS) September 6, 2021 Iraq on Sunday finalized a $27 billion dollar investment deal with the French energy giant Total in what could amount to less reliance on Iran for natural [...]

By |September 6th, 2021|Europe, Iraq|

Iraq caps Arbaeen foreign pilgrim numbers at 40000, 30000 from Iran, as COVID-19 precaution

Shia Muslims gather in mourning a day ahead of Arbaeen in Karbala, Iraq, Oct 7, 2020. (AFP) September 6, 2021 Iraq will allow only 40,000 foreigners, 30,000 from Iran, to attend the Arbaeen pilgrimage later this month in the Shia shrine city of Karbala, authorities said Sunday, due to the pandemic. Arbaeen marks [...]

By |September 6th, 2021|Iraq|

Iraq at risk of power shortages after Iran reduced gas supply

A technician works on an electricity pole  in eastern Mosul, Iraq, April 26, 2017. (REUTERS) September 1, 2021 Iraq’s electricity ministry said on Wednesday that Iranian gas supplied to the central and southern regions was reduced from 49 million to 8 million cubic metres per day, causing a risk of serious power shortages. [...]

By |September 1st, 2021|Iraq|

Abdollahian’s violation of protocol at Baghdad conference sparks controversy in Iran

Dignitaries pose for a group photo at the Baghdad summit, Aug 29, 2021. (AFP) August 31, 2021 Iranian newspapers criticized new Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, for violating diplomatic protocol at Saturday’s Baghdad conference in his first foreign appearance after taking office. Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh was forced to answer press questions [...]

By |August 31st, 2021|Iraq|

No sign of an anticipated Saudi-Iranian meeting in Baghdad

Dignitaries pose for a group photo at the Baghdad summit, Aug 29, 2021. (AFP) August 30, 2021 There has been no indication of a highly anticipated meeting of Saudi and Iranian foreign ministers in Baghdad on the sidelines of a regional conference on Saturday, although Iran’s foreign minister did meet with other Arab delegations. [...]

By |August 30th, 2021|Iraq, Saudi Arabia|

UAE vice president meets Iran foreign minister at Baghdad summit

UAE Vice President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum attending the opening session of the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit, Jan 5, 2021. (AFP) August 28, 2021 UAE's Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai met with Iran's foreign minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, on the sidelines of [...]

By |August 28th, 2021|Iraq, UAE|

Iran Foreign Minister heads to Iraq regional summit

Foreign Minister-Designate Hossein Amir-Abdollahian explains his programs to Iranian lawmakers. (Icana) August 27, 2021 Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian left for Iraq Friday to participate in a regional summit, the ministry said. Foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh announced the departure to the “meeting to support Iraq” in a short statement. The Islamic republic’s [...]

By |August 27th, 2021|Iraq|

Iraq to build first solar projects with China to reduce dependence on Iranian power imports

Iraq is the second largest oil producer among the OPEC nations, but it imports electricity from Iran. (Shutterstock) August 27, 2021 Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity signed on Wednesday a contract with China’s state-owned Power Construction Corporation of China (PowerChina) to build its first solar power plants with a capacity of 2,000 MW, Asharq [...]

By |August 27th, 2021|East Asia, Iraq|

Authorities shut down Iran-Iraq border crossing ahead of Ashura ceremonies

Iraqi Shiite men take part in a religious procession during the month of Muharram in the central city of Karbala, August 14, 2021. (AFP) August 19, 2021 Authorities at a Kurdistan Region border crossing with Iran on Monday shut down operations after crowds swarmed a nearby town to travel to southern Iraqi areas [...]

By |August 19th, 2021|Iraq|