Iraq suffers power cuts as Iran tries to monopolize energy deals

Baghdad pays $1.5 billion to Tehran annually for the import of electricity. (Supplied) By Mahmoud Al-Shamar August 21, 2020 The beginning of every summer in Iraq is marked by power cuts. This has been an annual occurrence in most parts of the country since 2003, apart from in Kurdistan. Protests are commonplace, with people in [...]

By |August 21st, 2020|Iraq|

Iran’s Mehr agency accused slain Iraq activist of working for US

Reham Yacoub was gunned down in Basra, Iraq by assault rifle brandishing gunmen on the back of a motorcycle on August 19, 2020. (Social Media) August 20, 2020 An Iranian state news agency had accused slain Iraqi activist Dr. Reham Yacoub of working for the US and against Iranian interests in Iraq. Yacoub, [...]

By |August 20th, 2020|Iraq|

Pompeo pledges support for Iraq, targets pro-Iran militias

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Iraq in May amid increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran. (AP) August 20, 2020  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged that the Trump administration will continue to support Iraq as it confronts the threat posed by the Islamic State group, but he also called for the [...]

By |August 20th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

As Iraq PM heads to US, pro-Iran groups step up attacks

The Hashed al-Shaabi (PMF) is integrated into the Iraqi state, and its political representatives have called for the expulsion of US troops. (PMF Media Center) August 18, 2020 As Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi prepares for his first meeting with US President Donald Trump this week, attacks on American targets by pro-Iranian fighters [...]

By |August 18th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Controversy over Ayatollah Sistani’s billion dollars donation to Iran

Sistani’s donation to Iran has created controversy among Iraq where the ayatollah has been residing since the 1950s. (Social Media) By Track Persia August 12, 2020 On Wednesday (April 22, 2020), Iranian media reported that the most senior  Shiite cleric in Najaf-Iraq Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani donated one billion US dollars for Iran [...]

By |August 12th, 2020|Iraq|

Iran piles pressure on Iraqi Prime Minister ahead of Washington visit

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Iraqi PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi walk during a welcome ceremony in Tehran, Iran, July 21, 2020. (Reuters) By Joe Oliver August 12, 2020 Iran has launched a predictable pressure campaign on Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi ahead of his upcoming visit to the United States on August 20. To exert as [...]

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

Not cashing in: virus hits Iraq’s Iran-US money trade

Iranian rials are seen at a currency exchange shop in Baghdad, Iraq August 8, 2018. (REUTERS) August 6, 2020 In Iraq's Kurdistan region and at the country's Muslim Shiite holy sites, trading US dollars for rials from Iran was once big business. But the money exchange trade has been hard hit by lockdown [...]

By |August 6th, 2020|Iraq|

IRGC renews attacks on Kurdish opposition targets between Iran, Kurdistan region

Damage to the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party headquarters in Koysinjaq after targeted by IRGC, September 12, 2018. (AFP) August 4, 2020 The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) said on Monday that Iranian drones and artillery shells were fired at the group’s bases in a mountainous area near the border between Iran and [...]

By |August 4th, 2020|Iraq, Minorities|

UK envoy to Iraq threatened by pro-Iran militias

Stephen Hickey at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, February 24, 2018. (Reuters) July 29, 2020 The UK’s ambassador in Baghdad has been threatened by Iran-backed militias on social media, in response to his call for Iraq to reject the armed groups operating in the country. Stephen Hickey, who took up the [...]

By |July 29th, 2020|Europe, Iraq|

Iran’s exports to Iraq drop 40 percent in second quarter

A shop worker arranges the cans of Iranian tomato paste at a super market in the city of Najaf, Iraq October 7, 2018. (REUTERS) July 27, 2020 The Secretary-General of Iran-Iraq Joint Chamber of Commerce announced that the volume of Iran's non-oil exports to Iraq dropped forty percent in the second quarter of [...]

By |July 27th, 2020|Iraq|