Tag: Iraq

Israeli strikes kill several Hashd al-Shaabi members near Iraq-Syria border: Reports

Air strikes against trucks and weapons depots in eastern Syria killed eight fighters of Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi militia force overnight, according to a UK-based activist group. Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen news outlet said Israel was responsible for the strikes early on Friday in Albu Kamal on the Iraqi-Syrian border. Through a spokesman contacted by the AFP news […]

Pompeo hits out at Iran after deadly US strikes in Iraq and Syria

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has hit out at Iran after briefing Donald Trump about US strikes against a militia group in Iraq and Syria in which 25 fighters were reportedly killed. The Pentagon said the attacks were “defensive strikes” against the Kata’ib Hezbollah militia group, which US officials said was backed by […]

Systematic air strikes are dismantling the Al Qods compound at Abu Kamal

The air strike of Saturday night, Dec. 7, was the fourth this week in a campaign for breaking up the Iranian Al Qods strategic hub which houses Iraqi Shiite militias outside Abu Kamal near the Iraqi border. The strikes aim not only to stem the flow of arms convoys from Iraq, but to level its […]

Iran Secretly Building Missile Arsenal in Iraq That Can Hit Israel, Saudi Arabia and U.S. Troops

A senior Pentagon official said on Wednesday there were indications that Iran could potentially carry out aggressive actions in the future, amid simmering tensions between Tehran and Washington. The warning comes on the same day of new reports of Iran building up a “hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq.” “We also continue to […]

Iran Is Secretly Moving Missiles Into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say

Iran has used the continuing chaos in Iraq to build up a hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq, part of a widening effort to try to intimidate the Middle East and assert its power, according to American intelligence and military officials. The buildup comes as the United States has rebuilt its military presence […]

Top U.S. General: It’s ‘Very Possible’ Iran Will Attack Again

Since May, the Pentagon has dispatched 14,000 additional U.S. troops, an aircraft carrier, and tens of thousands of pounds of military equipment to the Middle East to respond to what it says are alarming new threats from Iran. But despite the stepped-up U.S. military posture, the top U.S. general in the region believes the Iranian […]

Iraq protests: Capital Baghdad blocked as unrest escalates

Protesters have blocked the main thoroughfares in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, as mass anti-government protests continue. Demonstrators were seen parking cars across key junctions of the city as police looked on without intervening. Since 1 October, tens of thousands of people have taken part in two waves of protests to demand more jobs, an end […]

Protests rattle the postwar order in Lebanon and Iraq

Will there be Middle East peace? Tens of thousands of people, many of them young and unemployed men, thronged public squares and blocked main streets Friday in the capitals of Iraq and Lebanon in unprecedented, spontaneous anti-government revolts in two countries scarred by long conflicts. Demonstrators in Iraq were beaten back by police firing live […]

US officials say Israel behind bombing of Iranian militias in Iraq

Comments carried by NY Times come a day after Netanayhu intimated IDF responsible for series of strikes targeting training camps and arms depots Israel has recently carried out a series of airstrikes against Iranian-linked military targets in Iraq, two senior US officials told the New York Times on Friday. The officials said that Israel has […]

IRAN AND IRAQ: TEHRAN ENVISIONS JOINT MILITARY EXERCISES, MISSILE DEFENSE AND MOSUL INFLUENCE

Iran and Iraq were once enemies when Saddam Hussein’s regime was in charge, but after the US-led invasion in 2003 the countries have grown closer because of the rise of Shi’ite political parties. US army and intelligence officers are working on plans for covert operations against Iran in the Persian Iran wants to hold joint […]