19 October 2017
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NAJAF, Iraq — Iraq’s Shiites are witnessing a political-religious rift in their stance toward Iran whose development can be traced back to 2003. While some express complete loyalty to the Shiite political regime in Tehran, others object to its regional policies, including toward Iraq, and distance from it. In one example, the predominantly Shiite Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) held a military parade July 1 in Basra. They destroyed US and Israeli flags and burned photos of Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud. The march sparked criticism and anger…
Baghdad-Amid high temperature reaching 47 degrees Celsius, thousands of protestors accompanied by Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr gathered in Tahrir Square. Sadr did not deliver the speech himself despite his presence among the protestors. Protestors called on an end to corruption and the unity among Shi’ite and Sunni Iraqis. They chanted “No, no to corruption. No, no to sectarianism. Yes, yes to reform. Yes, yes to Iraq”. Demands included dismissing all corrupt individuals and submitting them to a fair trial as…

Saudi-Iranian Struggle in Iraq Tuesday, 12 July 2016 11:55

What is happening nowadays in Iraq and Syria is due to decades of conflict between two major axes, Iran and the Arab group. It began with the 1979 Iranian revolution and continued with threats to change regimes of regional countries by force under the title of exporting Islamic revolution, followed by the Iran-Iraq war that lasted eight years. The war eased for only two years then Iraq invaded Kuwait, triggering international intervention that led to the emergence of al-Qaeda and…

IRAQ-FALLUJAH: THE COLLAPSING CALIPHATE Tuesday, 28 June 2016 22:14

The barbaric jihadist terrorists of Daesh (ISIS) will finally be driven out of Fallujah centre this week, although it still occupies at least half of the city. Daesh has held Fallujah, 40 miles from Baghdad, for more than two years, consolidating its position and surrounding the ancient Iraqi city with minefields and IEDs. But after four weeks of vicious fighting, Shi’ia militias and units of the Iraqi army, aided by US coalition airstrikes, are trying to clear out the rest…

Get ready for another Iraq War Saturday, 25 June 2016 11:48

Losing a friend in war is always hard. Losing a friend to a battle we already fought and won is worse. That’s how my close friend Lt. Col. Ehab Hashem Moshen was killed recently by the Islamic State near Fallujah — refighting a battle in Iraq that the Marine Corps fought a decade ago. The Marines won that fight. The problem is that the Obama administration didn’t follow through on a political plan to maintain the peace. In April, I visited…
Men who flee the ISIL-held city are often abused, or killed, by armed groups bent on revenge. By Salam Khoder Amiriyat al-Fallujah, Iraq - As the Iraqi armed forces and allied militias continue their battle to take Fallujah from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), a growing number of civilians have said that they were tortured after escaping the besieged city. In one tent in the Amiriyat al-Fallujah camp, which is hosting displaced…
BAGHDAD — American commandos are on the front lines in Syria in a new push toward the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Raqqa, but in Iraq it is an entirely different story: Iran, not the United States, has become the face of an operation to retake the jihadist stronghold of Falluja from the militant group. On the outskirts of Falluja, tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers, police officers and Shiite militiamen backed by Iran are preparing for an assault…
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Sunday that Iran must stop meddling in Iraq and that the presence of Iranian military units there is "unacceptable." His comments come as thousands of Iraqi Shiite militiamen, soldiers and police, backed by Iran, surround the Sunni city of Fallujah ahead of an operation to retake it from the Islamic State group. Iran says its military advisers in Iraq are there at Baghdad's request to help Iraqi forces fight militants. It has repeatedly…
If the international community is serious about solving the Syrian crisis, they need to atone for the original sin that is Iraq.Even by its customarily low standards, Iraq has sunk to even greater depths than previously thought possible. It is not as though the Iraqis do not have to contend with one of the most feared global terrorist threats that has eclipsed even al-Qaeda at its zenith, the forces of the so-called Islamic State (IS).Nevertheless, Iraqi politicians, with their corruption, nepotism,…
As Russian planes decimate Aleppo, and hundreds of thousands of civilians in Syria’s largest city prepare for encirclement, blockade and siege — and for the starvation and the barbarity that will inevitably follow — it is time to proclaim the moral bankruptcy of American and Western policy in Syria. Actually, it is past time. The moral bankruptcy has been long in the making: five years of empty declarations that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go, of halfhearted arming of rebel…
Struan Stevenson, President of the European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA) is calling for “urgent action to end callous food and medicine blockade” of the Iraqi city of Fallujah. Mr. Stevenson was a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2014 and was President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq from 2009 to 2014. He outlines starkly the ongoing tragedy of the “City of Mosques”, which was seventy percent destroyed by US troops in 2004 with football…

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