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Iran’s seizure of Iraq Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:05

Al Arabiya/ By Abdulrahman al Rashed - The battle to rid Tikrit of the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has revealed the depth of the Iranian military’s role in Iraq, as well as the Iranian Revolutionary Guard leaders’ authority over what has been dubbed the “popular mobilization” units - militias parallel to the Iraqi army. Iran has sent forces, consultants and arms to Iraq. And its security leaders have reiterated their view that they are the…

Iran Occupies Iraq Thursday, 12 March 2015 19:15

The Wall Street Journal/Opinion - While Washington focuses on Iran-U.S. nuclear talks, the Islamic Republic is making a major but little-noticed strategic advance. Iran’s forces are quietly occupying more of Iraq in a way that could soon make its neighbor a de facto Shiite satellite of Tehran. That’s the larger import of the dominant role Iran and its Shiite militia proxies are playing in the military offensive to take back territory from the Islamic State, or ISIS. The first battle…
The Hill, By Struan Stevenson - The civilised world has united in its condemnation of the barbaric beheadings of innocent Western aid workers and Egyptian Coptic Christians and the horrifying burning to death of the brave Jordanian pilot by the so-called Islamic State. Their rapid expansion from Syria across vast tracts of Iraq and their subsequent murderous campaign against Christians, Yazidis and anyone who did not fit with their perverted vision of Islam, has shocked the world. Demands for revenge against…

A naive U.S. welcome for Iran in Iraq Sunday, 08 March 2015 17:00

The Washington Post - U.S. COMMANDERS are taking an upbeat view of Iran’s close involvement in an assault by Iraqi forces on the city of Tikrit, which has been held by the Islamic State since summer. After reporting that two-thirds of the attackers were from Shiite militias and the operation had “overt . . . Iranian support,” Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said in a congressional hearing Tuesday that “if they perform in a credible way . . . then…
By Diana Moukalled Before last year, mystery, intrigue and frustration surrounded the search for any report, photograph, or fact relating to Qassem Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, a division of its Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. For more than two decades Soleimani’s mission has been to export the values of Khomeini’s revolution outside Iran, a difficult and major task requiring an uncomfortable blend of religious ideology and the nasty, sometimes brutal work of a security specialist—and always, naturally for…
Foreign Policy - And the White House is still pretending it hasn’t unleashed demons on the country it once could have saved. By Ali Khedery Countless memories haunt me after a decade of service in Iraq. Gripping the hands of an assassin-felled member of the provisional government as the life slipped out of her body in 2003; watching al Qaeda’s beheadings of American hostages in 2004; seeing photos of young Sunni prisoners raped and tortured by Iran-backed Shiite militias serving within…
Huffington Post/By Struan Stevenson - As the Iraq conflict continues, Iran continues to do whatever it takes to achieve its objectives in the region. The increasing numbers of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and their military activities in Iraq reveal the horrendous scale of the Iranian regime's meddling. The recent death of IRGC commander, Hamid Taqavi, in the Iraqi city of Samarra as well as the presence of the terrorist Quds force commander Qasem Soleimani among others, are distressing signs of Tehran's…

Iraq paid $10 billion for rusty Iranian arms Tuesday, 13 January 2015 17:34

Al Arabiya/By Abdulrahman al-Rashed - A recent Associated Press report spoke of Iran’s increased domination over Iraq under the cover of supporting it against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) organization. According to the report’s sources, the Iranians have sold Iraq nearly $10 billion worth of weapons to confront terrorism. These weapons include Kalashnikovs, rocket launchers and ammunition and the value of this weaponry may not even exceed $50 million! Of course, it's needless to explain that $10…
BRUSSELS, (UPI) -- Iraq is burning and despite efforts by the coalition against the Islamic State, little has improved since the central government in Baghdad lost control over large swathes of its territory last June. Lawlessness, terrorism, corruption and the systematic abuse of human rights are each a daily feature of life in Iraq. The World Bank lists Iraq as having one of the worst qualities of governance in the world. 'Transparency International' lists Iraq as one of the world's most…
THE SCOTSMAN, By Struan Stevenson - ALTHOUGH the Kurdish Peshmerga has recently broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar in Northern Iraq, the Islamic State continues to make major advances across Anbar Province, posing a direct threat to Baghdad itself. Military experts admit that US airstrikes alone will not defeat IS.  They are designed to bolster the fight on the ground by the Iraqi military, which is in a state of virtual collapse. Riven with dishonesty and fraud, the Iraqi…
The Independent/By Struan Stevenson - Iraq is burning, and despite efforts by the coalition against Isis, little has improved since the government lost control over large swathes of its territory last June. Lawlessness, terrorism, corruption and the systematic abuse of human rights are each a daily feature of life in Iraq. It almost executes the highest number of people in the world, after only China and Iran. Women are constantly subject to rape and violence. The current crisis, which has been burgeoning for…

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