Archive for the ‘Iraq’ Category

Railway of Resistance: A grand project to connect Iran, Iraq, Syria

May 19 2023 Beyond its positive economic implications, the railway project connecting Iran, Iraq, and Syria will be a geopolitical game changer by connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. Photo Credit: The Cradle By Mohamad Hasan Sweidan Sir Halford John Mackinder, one of Britain’s most prominent theorists in the field of geopolitics, discusses the significance of […]

US Gov’s Toxic Legacy, The War On A̶m̶e̶r̶i̶c̶a̶ Domestic Terrorism, E-Verify & The Partisan Trap

Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (5/13/23). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth […]

Erdogan’s strong showing signals ‘business as usual’ for Mideast

The prospect of Tayip Erdogan winning another presidential term in Turkiye would once have rung alarms around the Middle East, but after taking a more conciliatory stance in recent years his strong election showing on Sunday has caused few flutters, Reuters reports. Erdogan secured just under half the votes and looks well placed for the 28 May runoff against […]

Baghdad gets make-over as repairs kindle guarded optimism

Living in Baghdad's sprawling Sadr City suburb for the past 15 years, Khodr Abbas, 73, had to walk along a mud and dirt track to get to his home, where he would struggle to get fresh water to flow and waste-water to flush through rickety pipes, Reuters reports. That finally changed last month. Diggers, bulldozers […]

Iraq: Political Crisis and Solutions

As the world watches the various elections (for instance, the upcoming elections in Turkey) and the transfer of power from one government to another, doubts and criticism of the current “Iraqi Formula” are growing. Iraq, meanwhile, continues to grapple with never-ending crises, fueling speculation both at home and abroad about the need for “real change” […]

Saudi Foreign Minister visits Assad, further easing Syria isolation

Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad, received Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, in Damascus on Tuesday, Syrian state media reported, in the most significant step yet towards ending Syria's decade-long regional isolation, Reuters reports. Bin Farhan landed earlier on Tuesday for the first visit of a top Saudi diplomat to Damascus since ties were ruptured […]

Sayyed Nasrallah: Al-Quds A Red Line. The ‘Israeli’ Game in Palestine, Lebanon or Syria might lead To A Regional War

April 15, 2023 Translated By Staff Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Friday a speech in the festival held to celebrate International Al-Quds Day 2023. At the beginning of his speech Sayyed Nasrallah reminded that “The April 1996 understanding established the foundations for the era the resistance’s victories against ‘Israel’.” He […]

An Iraqi writer’s brilliant book shows how the 2003 U.S. invasion detonated 20 years of awful violence

The wait is over for a brilliant, comprehensive account of the last two decades in Iraq. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad has written a masterpiece. Source

Response to be swift if ‘Israel’ attacks anyone in Lebanon: Nasrallah

22 Mar 2023 Source: Agencies By Al Mayadeen English  Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah touches on numerous domestic, regional, and international issues, from the Israeli occupation to Palestine and Yemen. The incident that took place earlier in the month in Northern occupied Palestine caused confusion for the Israeli occupation, Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Wednesday. […]

US tortured Iraqis in Abu Ghraib and got away with it: Reports

17 Mar, 2023 Source: The Intercept By Al Mayadeen English  CIA agents, military intelligence, military police, private contractors, special operations forces, and ordinary troops perpetrated treatment that can no longer be hidden behind euphemisms: it was torture. A detainee in an outdoor solitary confinement cell talks with a military policeman at the Abu Ghraib prison on […]

Iraq: Twenty Years of Lost History

Two bloody events have enraged the entire country, raising the painful question of whether the negative effects of the brazen, unjustified invasion of Iraq by hordes of US troops 20 years ago are still wreaking havoc on all Iraqis today. When Jassim al-Assadi, a leading campaigner for the preservation of Iraq’s famous southern marshes, was […]

Reactions to Iran and Saudi Arabia resuming ties – Quotes

Here are some key quotes and reactions after Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed on Friday to re-establish relations in a deal announced after four days of previously undisclosed talks in Beijing. Statement issued by Iran, Saudi Arabia and China Tehran and Riyadh agreed "to resume diplomatic relations between them and re-open their embassies and missions within a […]

Iraq: Government orders audit of officials’ funds

The head of the Federal Commission of Integrity (COI), Haider Hanoun, confirmed the audit of inflation and illegal gain of funds of Iraqi officials, noting that this measure contributes to bringing the accused to justice, in addition to returning the value of inflation of their funds to the state treasury. A statement by the COI […]

Northern Iraq and Syria have turned into a trap for the United States and Turkey

John Kirby, the National Security Council’s coordinator of strategic communications, made a significant statement in mid-December. Commenting on the events in Ukraine, Kirby said that the US authorities recognize Ukraine’s right to plan and conduct military operations in Crimea “against the occupiers, because the peninsula is Ukraine’s territory.” By making such a statement, John Kirby legitimized […]

Iraq: New Times, Old Problems

Despite the breakthrough after a year of domestic crisis, now that all the top leadership of Iraq has been elected and appointed, including the Parliament, the President, the Prime Minister, and the government, political stability in the country is far from certain this year. And to a large extent, the United States is to blame […]

Two Spanish women married to Daesh fighters arrested

Two Spanish women who married Daesh fighters have been repatriated to Spain and arrested, AFP reports. According to the report, two women, Spanish nationals, arrived at Torrejon de Ardoz Military Airport near Madrid last Monday. They lived in Syrian refugee camps with 13 children. 4 of the children were orphans, the report added. The women […]

Iran calls on Iraq to apologise over ‘Arabian Gulf’ Cup 

Iran has objected to Iraq's reference to the Persian Gulf as the "Arabian Gulf", as it hosts the regional football tournament, the Arabian Gulf Cup in the southern city of Basra. On Saturday, a day after the 25th Gulf Cup kicked off, the Iranian football federation announced that they will be lodging a protest to […]

US killing of Soleimani ‘brazen attack’ on Iraq sovereignty: Iraqi PM

6 Jan 2023 Source: News websites By Al Mayadeen English  The Iraqi prime minister emphasizes that his government is working to lay a solid foundation for Iraqi sovereignty. Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani has paid tribute to top Iranian commander General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed three years ago in a US […]

Iraq, Saudi Arabia discuss ways to boost relations

Iraqi President, Abdul Latif Rashid, met with Saudi Ambassador, Abdulaziz Al-Shammari, in the capital, Baghdad, on Tuesday to discuss ways of strengthening relations between the two countries, Anadolu News Agency reports. A statement by Abdul Latif's office said the Iraqi leader underlined the depth of relations between Baghdad and Riyadh and the need to bolster […]

Palestinians of Iraq suffer from deteriorating conditions

Hundreds of Palestinian refugees live in difficult circumstances during the winter season in light of the rundown of services provided to them in the neighbourhood of Al-Baladiyyat in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, The Palestinian Information Centre reports. An activist in the neighbourhood told the Palestinian Information Centre that the neighbourhood, which is located east of the […]

General Suleimani, as Alive as Olive

 January 2, 2023 Mohammad Salami On the third anniversary of his martyrdom, the former chief of IRGC’s Al-Quds Force General Qassem Suleimani is mistakenly depicted as a fallen commander. No! He has never fallen. General Suleimani is as alive as an olive tree. On January 3, 2020, a US drone targeted Martyr Suleimani’s convoy near […]

US promises only last as long as they suit Washington

During his recent visit to the White House, US President Joe Biden promised Volodymyr Zelenskyy that the Ukrainian leader would "never stand alone". The grinning Zelenskyy reminded me of a football manager who gets the full public endorsement of his club chairman days before being sacked. The likely reality is that the public expression of […]

Leader: Gen. Soleimani empowered, equipped and revived resistance front against Israel, US

Sunday, 01 January 2023 11:23 AM   [ Last Update: Sunday, 01 January 2023 12:13 PM ] Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has lauded sacrifices made by late commander General Qassem Soleimani, saying the anti-terror icon’s great work was to protect, empower, equip and revive the resistance front against Israel and the US. The item is […]

Explosion in Northern Iraq Kills Two Soldiers, Injures Three

BEIRUT—Two soldiers were killed and three were injured in an explosion in northern Iraq, Iraqi state news said Thursday. The soldiers were traveling in an army vehicle a day earlier in the Makhmour district when an explosive device detonated, the state Iraqi News Agency reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. It was […]

Iraq: Kirkuk blast kills at least 9 police officers 

A bomb blast near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk has killed at least 9 federal police officers and left several others injured today, according to reports citing security sources. According to Iran's Mehr news agency, the death toll has since risen to 12, including two high-ranking officers. The blast targeted a police convoy southwest of […]

Dear followers, your ‘influencers’ seem ignorant about Israeli crimes

December 17, 2022 Source: Al Mayadeen English By Aya Youssef  The world of ‘influencing’ and ‘content creation’ seems to be tone-deaf to “Israel” killing, bombing, and assaulting the people of Palestine. So a mere handshake or even a simple eye contact will eventually initiate some sort of disruption unless you are ‘okay’ with the crimes that […]

استراتيجية الأسْرَلة… هكذا وقع الأكراد في الشّرك

Posted on December 8, 2022 by uprootedpalestinians الخميس 8 كانون الأول 2022 وليد شرارة   ترسّخت قناعة في دول المنطقة، بأن الغرب أصبح يعتمد «الورقة الكردية» كوسيلة لزعزعة استقرارها وتهديد وحدتها (أ ف ب) «نحن حلفاء أميركا الأكثر إخلاصاً في سوريا. لا تنسونا». يعكس هذا العنوان، الذي اختاره مظلوم عبدي، قائد «قوات سوريا الديموقراطية»، لمقاله المنشور […]

كردستان الكبرى: الحلم الأسود

 الخميس 8 كانون الأول 2022 مع تصعيد إيران حملتها ضدّ الأحزاب الكردية المعارضة في شمال العراق، وتلويح تركيا بعملية عسكرية جديدة ضدّ القوى الكردية في شمال سوريا وشرقها، وتتالي الأزمات التي يواجهها حُكم آل برزاني في كردستان، تعود القضية الكردية إلى الواجهة، مُجلّية عقم الرهانات التي لجأت إليها القيادات الكردية على مرّ السنوات الماضية. صحيح أن […]

Sweden extradites PKK member to Turkiye, as it continues to seek NATO membership 

Sweden has extradited a member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to Turkiye, as part of Stockholm's efforts to gain Ankara's approval for accession into the NATO alliance. According to media reports, the man was previously sentenced to over six years imprisonment in Turkiye for his membership in the PKK, an armed Kurdish separatist […]

Time Running Out to Save the Kurds in Syria

NOVEMBER 28, 2022 Posted by INTERNATIONALIST 360° Steven Sahiounie The Kurds in northeastern Syria have established their semi-autonomous administration which they call “Rojava”. They are now under threat of an increased invasion and occupation by Turkish ground troops, which could end in ethnic cleansing and mass casualties. Turkish President Erdogan has demanded for years that the […]

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