Oil rich Arab Islamic nation with millenia of history, still struggling for stebillity following 2003 overthrown of dictator Sadam Hussein.

Iranian-backed militias in Iraq push their gains on July 4

The Iranian-backed militias have been increasingly expressing anger at the US and Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Turkey, Erdogan's arc of destabilization in the Middle East

BEHIND THE LINES: What does this flurry of overt and semi-covert Turkish regional military assertion amount to? Can a common theme be established?

Members of the paramilitary Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) take part in their graduation ceremony
Coronavirus and sanctions hit Iran’s support of proxies in Iraq

Since the coronavirus hit earlier this year, Iran has reduced its monthly payments to each of the four top militia groups in Iraq to between $2 million and $3 million from $4.5 million to $5 million.

Voices from the Arab Press: Iraq and the Friendship Treaty with Turkey

A weekly selection of opinions and analyses from the Arab media around the world.

A U.S. F-16 fighter jet is seen on the tarmac if a military base in Balad, Iraq, July 20, 2015
Iranian-backed militias in Iraq accuse Israel of 'military operations'

Two of Iraq’s most powerful Iranian-backed militias accused Israel and the US of carrying out military overflights of Iraq and have demanded the US leave the country.

 Mourners attend the start of the funeral in Kerbala, Iraq, of Gen. Qasem Soleimani
Iraqi officials release Iran-backed militiamen arrested last week

The three sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not specify how many of the 14 that the military announced were detained had been released.

Pro-Iran Iraqi militias burn images of their PM, Israel and US flags

Shocking photos from Iraq this evening show the men, who were detained on the night of June 25, in crisp new jackets of the Popular Mobilization Forces, trampling and burning the images and flags.

Growing controversy over Turkey’s invasion of northern Iraq

Turkey has had almost a year of near-constant new conflicts and militarist sabre-rattling.

Iran FM: We will never forget US, Europe complicity with Saddam Hussein

The Iraqi attack on Sardasht, in the Iranian province of West Azerbaijan, on June 28, 1987, led to the deaths of 30 people, including 109 civilians. Over 4,500 people were injured in the attack.

Iran meddles in US-Iraq strategic talks

On June 11, US and Iraqi officials began a series of talks as part of a “strategic dialogue” on military, trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.

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