22 Nov 2019

Iraqi forces kill three protesters, cleric warns of crisis

Iraqi military forces killed three protesters in Baghdad on Friday as Iraq’s top cleric warned that only speedy electoral reforms would resolve conflict and unrest. Military forces also dispersed protesters blocking the country’s main port near Basra, using force. Sources claim that Iraqi security forces opened fire and launched tear

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21 Oct 2019

Withdrawing US troops enter Iraq from Syria

US forces withdrawing from northeastern Syria have entered Iraq, but some troops may stay behind in order to help the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) protect oil fields from Islamic State militants. According to US defense chief Mark Esper, the government is considering to keep some troops stationed in the

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20 Sep 2019

Iraq’s stability on the line as US, Iran tensions soar

Rising tensions in the Middle East between Iran and its allies on one side, and Israel, Saudi Arabia and other US allies on the other, are threatening the stability of various countries in the region. Just last month, the Israeli military attacked targets allied to Iran in Syria, the Palestinian-administered

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09 Sep 2019

Activists: Airstrikes on Iran-backed groups in Syria kill 18

In the latest sign of an escalating proxy war between Iran and Israel, airstrikes killed at least 18 members of Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria Sunday night. One source put the death toll at 21, and the number of wounded at 36. The attacks have so far not been claimed,

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27 Aug 2019

Israel Appears to Attack Four Countries in Two Days, Bombing Iran’s Allies Across Middle East

Tensions in the Middle East have surged since last weekend as the result of Israeli attacks on targets in four different countries, all of them allied with Iran. While the Israeli military recently claimed strikes on targets in Syria and the Palestinian-administered Gaza Strip, it is also thought to be

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20 Aug 2019

ISIS Is Regaining Strength in Iraq and Syria

US and Iraqi officials warn that Islamic State is regaining influence in Iraq and Syria via a campaign of guerrilla attacks; new funding mechanisms; and renewed recruitment efforts. In March of this year, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) declared victory over ISIS in Syria after recapturing the terror group’s

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05 Aug 2019

Iran Signals More Escalation With Warning on Gulf Violations

Iran on Monday claimed responsibility over security in the Persian Gulf, with its Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warning that the country will no longer overlook violations. Zarif’s remarks, coming one day after Iran stated it had seized a third oil tanker in the Persian Gulf last week, indicate that Iran

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20 May 2019

Trump says war would be ‘end’ of Iran as tensions rise

If Iran wants to start a conflict with the United States, “that will be the official end of Iran,” US President Donald Trump warned in a Tweet on Sunday, adding that the country should “never threaten the United States again.” The Tweet was sent hours after the Iraqi military reported

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09 May 2019

Echoes of Iraq in Trump’s Confrontation with Iran

Various US intelligence experts and lawmakers believe that the escalation of tensions between the US and Iran in recent weeks bears an eerie resemblance to the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. One of the key similarities they see is the role of US National Security Advisor

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08 May 2019

Mike Pompeo visits Iraq amid rising tensions with Iran

Growing US-Iran tensions prompted US secretary of state Mike Pompeo to pay a surprise visit to Iraq on Tuesday in order to talk to the Iraqi government “about the importance of Iraq ensuring that it’s able to adequately protect Americans in their country.” Pompeo also wanted to inform Iraq about

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