29 March 2020
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Iraq: We Have Met The Enemies Wednesday, 25 March 2020 05:03

Most Iraqis agree that Iran is a toxic neighbor that, in its current state (an increasingly unpopular religious dictatorship) is a toxic force obsessed with controlling Iraq and the Iraqi government. Iran has sent hundreds of IRGC officers, most of them from the Quds Force (similar to the U.S. Special Forces, but specializing in supporting Islamic terrorists not fighting them) and even more lower-ranking IRGC personnel to Iraq. Dozens of senior IRGC officers have been killed in Syria and Iraq…
The Trump administration voiced an “enormous disappointment” in Iraq's caretaker government on Friday, following attacks on US coalition troops that killed at two American soldiers this month. US Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs David Schenker said the situation is “a high point of contention” between the two countries. Speaking from the State Department, he said “it’s no secret that we’ve been, I think, enormously disappointed with the performance of the Government of Iraq in fulfilling its obligations…
March 20 (UPI) -- The rocket attack on March 11 that killed a young Scottish medic -- Lance Cpl. Brodie Gillon -- and two Americans in Iraq has raised once more the specter of resurgent Iranian aggression in the region. The 26-year-old British reservist had volunteered for a deployment in Iraq. She was killed when 18 Katyusha rockets struck Camp Taji, where she was stationed, 25 miles north of Baghdad. A further 14 military personnel were wounded in the unprovoked attack.…
Is Iraq on course to becoming a failed state? The Kataib Hezbollah militants (part of Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi) who killed several coalition troops last week are closely allied to Iran, as well as to powerful elements within Iraq’s parliament. This is just one of many warning signs of how Iraq is devolving from nation state to a warring cluster of paramilitary fiefdoms under Iranian hegemony.  Iraqis demand effective governance and an end to institutionalized corruption. Yet, whoever is appointed to the…

Iraqi MPs loyalties are not to their people Saturday, 14 March 2020 22:41

Who has ever heard of a member of this honourable body speak out against the greedy game of exchanging favours and interests between political leaders? Political life in Iraq today is not led by real parties but by parliamentary blocs and groupings. Even the only Shia party, the Dawa Party, which earlier branded itself as a political and proselytising movement, found it more lucrative to abandon those ideals and delve into shady deals of pillaging public money. Other than the…
President Barham Salih is greatly committed to reconstructing Iraq, reforming the economy, restoring factories, revitalising agriculture and creating tonnes of job opportunities for the thousands of unemployed and disillusioned youth who are today the main nerve of the uprising in Iraq but it might be too late. Salih’s call on political parties to “seriously strive to reach a national agreement for the appointment of an alternate prime minister, who could be nationally and popularly accepted, during the specified constitutional period,…
In the Nineveh Plains, near Mosul, Iraq, some 32,000 Christians live in areas controlled by Iran-backed militias. As tensions between the United States and Iran, Nineveh Christians hope for an end to the influence of Iran in their day-to-day lives. With the liberation of parts of Iraq from ISIS in 2017, Iraq’s Syriac and Chaldean Christians returned home to two unwelcome developments. First, unsurprisingly, their homes had been burned, looted or destroyed by ISIS. Second, Iran-backed groups — known as Popular Mobilization…
The Iranian government has covered up an outbreak of coronavirus that now threatens the Middle East and has led to border closures and hospitalizations in five countries. Over the weekend of February 21, president Hassan Rouhani and other Iranian officials downplayed the growing crises as Iran’s death toll from the virus climbed. It is now apparent that the regime, which has threatened the region with ballistic missiles, drones, naval mines, and militias over the last few years, has become a health threat as…
Wearing face masks, gas masks and mock bio-hazard suits, Iraqis vowed to continue their months-long protest against the central government on Tuesday, despite five cases of the lethal coronavirus being reported across the country. In Baghdad's busy protest site of Tahrir Square, hundreds rallied against Iraq's ruling elite, despite pleas from the Ministry of Health that demonstrators steer clear of public places and remain at home. Carrying banners reading: "The people want to overthrow the regime," several of the protesters were wearing surgical masks, but many…

Iraq Needs Regime Change Again Friday, 21 February 2020 22:34

The United States faces an increasingly urgent set of first-order policy questions in Iraq. Spoiler alert: The answer is not Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, Iraq’s newly designated prime minister. A popular uprising might be. Allawi’s recent nomination to be Iraq’s next leader is a dead end, for Iraq and the United States alike. He has no chance of resolving the two fundamental crises now plaguing the country: first, the collapse of legitimacy of Iraq’s post-2003 political class, and second, Iraq’s ever-expanding…
A large number of college students in Iraq held rallies on Sunday, February 16, to protest government corruption, the Iranian regime-backed candidates put forward by the political elite in the elections, and the constant attacks by Iran-backed militia groups across the country. At these rallies in Baghdad, Karbala, Maysan, and elsewhere, organised after calls issued by the October Demonstration Committee, demonstrators expressed their full support for the ongoing protests in central and southern Iraq. Of course, these demonstrations have been…
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