13 May 2021
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Pope Francis will make history when he crosses the threshold of a small, rented dwelling in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf on Saturday. His visit to the home of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani will mark a powerful moment in interfaith relations, experts say, and millions of people will be watching. Sistani is Iraq’s leading religious authority and a preeminent figure in Shiite Islam, and his meeting with the pontiff will be loaded with symbolism: two global religious leaders sitting…
Pope Francis begins a three-day whirlwind tour of Iraq on Friday, despite worries that he could draw large crowds at a moment when the coronavirus appears to be resurgent in the country. Continuing security concerns in a nation ravaged by years of war and conflict were also not enough to deter Pope Francis from fulfilling a promise to visit one of the world’s oldest Christian communities. Why is Francis visiting Iraq? Such a visit has been the dream of several popes. John…
DUBAI: United States President Joe Biden’s Middle East policy has given Iran “a clear message” that it could continue its attack on the region and threaten its security, a senior fellow at Hudson Institution told Arab News. Michael Pregent says the message the Biden administration is sending to Iran is that “you can hit Israel, you can hit Saudi Arabia, you can hit the US mission in Iraq. We are going to do all we can to down play it.”…

Iraq appears resilient despite major challenges Saturday, 27 February 2021 18:08

Over the last month, Iraq’s fragile security order has been severely tested by bombings and rocket attacks in three major cities.On Jan. 21, two suicide bomb explosions in Baghdad killed 32 people and injured about 110 others. This was the first major attack in the capital since bombings in January 2018 killed 27 people. Both these attacks were claimed by Daesh.On Feb. 15, 14 rockets were fired at a military base in Irbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, killing an Iraqi contractor and…

Was Erbil Biden’s First Big Test? Thursday, 25 February 2021 05:12

One experienced American analyst called the February 15 rocket attack against Erbil the first test of credibility for the Biden administration. Michael Knights, and some other American analysts, all agree that an Iraqi militia loyal to Iran was responsible for the attack. Some are urging the Biden administration to reject talks with the Iranian government about Iran’s nuclear program until the militias in Iraq stop attacks on American forces. Instead, on February 18 the State Department spokesman said the US…
The day after President Biden was inaugurated, Baghdad was hit by two suicide bombers who, in macabre fashion, killed at least 32 people and wounded at least 100. The attack was a stark reminder that the Iraq theater is still a critical one for combatting ISIS and preventing it from mounting a resurgence. With this in mind, U.S.-Iraq ties are worth salvaging after their deterioration over the past four years. ISIS is strongly positioned to carry out more routine mass-casualty…
he Arab Spring presented a unique moment in history when rising inequality in the middle east combined with the wide proliferation of affordable information technology.  Whereas previously owning a smartphone with a functioning internet connection was a luxury only the middle classes could afford, with the turn of the decade, use of social media applications like Facebook and free messaging services like WhatsApp spread like wildfire. For the first time in the lives of many, discontent with political authorities was…
Ramita Navai has been reporting for years on the rise of Shia militias in Iraq, their links to Iran and allegations of abuses carried out against Sunni civilians. In her latest documentary for FRONTLINE, Iraq’s Assassins, Navai investigates accusations that these militias have unleashed a wave of assassinations against activists and critics. In the runup to the film’s February 9 premiere, FRONTLINE spoke with Navai about her past reporting and what had changed when she returned to Iraq in September 2020. What…
After more than a year of violent protests, Iraqi activists have launched political parties to contest national elections. If all goes to plan, they have huge potential, observers say. Over the past few weeks, Iraq's anti-government demonstrators have been moving from protest into politics, and analysts say they have the potential to bring meaningful change to Iraq's flawed political system despite ongoing violence against them. Election officials told local media that 260 political parties had registered to compete in the upcoming elections and…
On Thursday morning, Baghdad witnessed twin suicide bombings in a busy market that killed 32 people and wounded more than 100 others. It was the bloodiest such attack in many years. Coming only a day after the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden, the attack is a reminder that the dangers facing Iraq from extremism remain very real, and that the country’s situation is still precarious in many ways. The attack also serves as a reminder that Iraq needs to be on…

Iraq: We Can Steal It For You Wholesale Thursday, 21 January 2021 16:54

he government is being pressured by the United States to crack down on Iranian weapons shipments being allowed to cross the border into Syria at guarded border crossings. The weapons shipments are often hidden from view by legitimate cargo, but it does not take much effort to reveal that deception. These weapons shipments are guarded by Iran-backed PMF (Popular Mobilization Forces) militias. There are fewer of these militiamen because their primary reason for being in an Iran-backed militia is the…

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