Tag: Iraq

3 American troops wounded in new Iraqi rocket attack, Pentagon says

Dozens of rockets slammed into an Iraqi base north of Baghdad Saturday wounding three American and two Iraqi troops. The Pentagon said later Saturday that two out of the three American troops wounded in the rocket attack in Iraq were “seriously” wounded. “Last night, there was a Katyusha rocket attack on U.S., coalition and Iraqi forces at Camp […]

Iraq turns to China’s ‘Belt and Road,’ challenging U.S. dominance in Middle East

China’s path to economic dominance in the 21st century runs directly through the Middle East, with Beijing banking on forging multibillion-dollar partnerships with Iraq, Pakistan and even war-torn Syria to provide fuel in its quest to supplant the U.S. as the world’s top power. Iraq’s unexpected announcement last fall that it intends to join Beijing’s […]

Church leaders raise concerns over Christianity’s future in Iraq

The Islamic State has been defeated and bombings and kidnappings have also decreased, but Iraq’s Christians still don’t find the cradle of Christianity livable and continue to leave the country that has now become a land of militias, causing concerns among church leaders. St. Joseph’s parish in Baghdad once had 5,000 families, but the number […]

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 […]