19 October 2020
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Iraq’s south is witnessing renewed protests against poor living conditions, sectarianism and rampant corruption in the oil-rich country. The mass movement initially started in October. Widespread poverty, unemployment and Iran’s interference in the country drove young Iraqis from its disenfranchised south to the streets. Protesters are now asking for local governors to resign over their poor management of the coronavirus crisis and years of corruption. The new wave of protests comes at a symbolic time. Today is the six-year anniversary of ISIS’s…
"Iraq Belongs To The Iraqis" "Sovereignty is where we draw the line. It is impossible to remain polite at the expense of Iraq's sovereignty or to make concessions at the expense of the honor of Iraq and the Iraqis... Let me repeat this again and again: Iraq's sovereignty will not be up for debate, and the Iraqis will make their [own] decisions. Iraq belongs to the Iraqis... We will not allow any Iraqi to be insulted by anyone, at home…
The US-Iraqi strategic Dialogue presents a “once in a decade opportunity” that will open a new chapter for both sides to discuss their future relations, experts say. The talks, set to commence virtually on Wednesday, come in a turbulent period in US-Iraq relations caused in part by Iran-backed militia attacks on US troops stationed in Iraq. As well as US counter-attacks inside Iraq that killed Iranian General Qassem Suliemani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis. “The talks will…
BAGHDAD--Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi found himself in recent days forced to play by the quota rules in order to go forward with his cabinet, and start working as quickly as possible to tackle the urgent economic, social and security issues awaiting the new government. Iraq’s parliament gave its vote of confidence Saturday to seven cabinet ministers, including the key oil and foreign affairs posts, completing the 22-member cabinet of Kadhimi. But, the vote did not pass without sparking a…
Each successive government has made bold promises to urgently address the city’s water and sanitation problems but none of them have come true. BASRA, IRAQ--The government of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi will soon face a test that all governments since 2003 have failed: Bringing clean drinking water to the people of Basra, Iraq’s wealthiest oil city. Basra lies on Shatt Al-Arab, which stretches into the Arabian Gulf and is only 600km to the south of the capital. Even though…
Several pro-Iran militias have lately claimed responsibility for attacking US forces in Iraq, but examining their media activities indicates they are probably fake groups created by existing militias to show strength without taking the risk of ramifications. In a span of less than three months, five “new pro-Iran militias” have announced their plans to escalate attacks on US forces in Iraq. Some of them have claimed responsibility for major anti-American attacks. But evidence indicates this is a propaganda campaign conducted…
For Mustafa al-Kadhimi, it was third time lucky. Iraq’s new prime minister was the third candidate to be put forward in as many months. Neither of the others managed to form a government. Kadhimi’s appointment is crucial to stabilizing a country rocked by mass protests and a pandemic. Yet as consequential as his appointment is – Iraq has had a caretaker prime minister for nearly six months – it comes in a month when two other consequential developments took place.…
BAGHDAD — Two diplomats are quietly leading Iran's push to influence politics in Iraq, in a departure from the more blunt enforcement employed by Qassem Soleimani, a top commander slain in a U.S. air strike. The consensual tactics in a country where Iran has wrestled with Washington for influence for nearly two decades was designed to break a political deadlock in Baghdad and hasten the departure of nearly 5,000 U.S. troops from Iraq, according to three senior Iranian officials involved…
ustafa al-Kadhimi, Iraq’s new prime minister as of May 12, has already announced a bold intention. In a short government manifesto he submitted to the Iraqi Parliament, Kadhimi emphasized his plans to “impose the state’s prestige” by bringing armed groups under government control. To observers of post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, the manifesto’s meaning is clear: the damage to the state’s “prestige” has, after all, come mainly from pro-Iranian militant groups who answer to the commanders of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC),…
The name “Hezbollah” has been associated with two groups: The yellow flags of the Lebanese party and its secretary general Hassan Nasrallah and the more ideological and dangerous militia operating in Iraq. The Kataib Hezbollah militia has been operating in Iraq for over 13 years. Just months ago, it was dealt one of the strongest strikes in wake of a rocket attack that targeted Iraq’s Taji base that claimed the lives of one British and two American soldiers. The response…

Revolution is in the air in Iran and Iraq Wednesday, 20 May 2020 22:15

The coronavirus is not the only airborne problem troubling governments in the Middle East. For the rulers of Iran and Iraq, revolution is in the air. In Iran, the theocratic regime continues to lie about the extent of the contagion, claiming, absurdly, that the death toll is around 6,000, while in fact over 42,000 have died of COVID-19. Such is the appalling situation in Iran, with the collapsing economy and the mullahs' bungled attempts to manage the virus, that 270,000 Afghan…

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