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I’m Prepared to Talk About the Things I Did in Iraq. Are People Ready to Listen?

In Iraq I had a device called a Phraselator, an unwieldy specimen of 2004 military technology that resembled a cross between a fancy walkie-talkie and an early model PalmPilot. Like me, and all of the things in my life then, it was desert tan and armored to protect against rough treatment. The Phras


Hugh Fitzgerald: When Iran Fired Missiles at Kurds in Iraq, It Sent a Message — But to Whom?

The September 8 Iranian missile attack on Kurdish leaders meeting in Koya in northern Iraq was widely described in the press at the time as “a warning to Washington, Riyadh, and Jerusalem.” For it was taken as a demonstration of Iran’s military prowess. The attack included seven Fateh 11-B missiles,


Iran takes measures to ease business with Iraq, Kurdistan

Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leader Masoud Barzani (L) welcomes Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Erbil on January 15, 2019. Photo: Safin Hamed/AFP. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iran is taking measures to make it easier for its nationals to do business across the border in Iraq and t


Iran courts Iraq to mitigate effect of U.S. economic sanctions

[Ed. – This is inevitable, given the nations’ long, shared border, similarities in economic strengths, and interests in common. Preventing Iraq from being a conduit for sanctioned Iranian trade will be a tough slog. I’ve (J.E.) never agreed with Trump’s argument about “seizing the oil,” or taken it


CARE International: Fears for refugees in Iraq

"There are 500,000 people living in refugee camps in Iraq and over two million displaced people in the country," said Tulasi Sharma, Care International's country representative in Iraq. Speaking on a visit to Germany, Sharma warned that, even though most of the fighting had now ended in the area, th


Iraq PM: 25% of foreign troops withdrew in 2018

More than 25 per cent of foreign troops, most of which were American, have pulled out of Iraq in 2018, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said this week. Abdul-Mahdi’s statement come a month after the US announced that it would withdraw its troops from Syria and use Iraq as “base” when necessary.


Int’l Crisis Group: Iraq Likely Theater of US-Iran Tension

A man burns tires during a protest demanding services and jobs during a demonstration in Basra, Iraq, Friday, July 13, 2018. (AP Photo) The International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned that Iraq could turn into the main battlefield of confrontation between the United States and Iran.


Photo of the day: Small unit insertion in the Diyala province of Iraq

Small unit insertion in the Diyala province of Iraq sometime in ’06-’07. This was my first unit. Named Task Force 300 because the Squadron had roughly 300 shooters and a gigantic Greek commander. Of those 300: 22 would die, 1 in 3 would earn a purple heart, and all would collectively earn a Presiden


Ukraine, Iraq agree to remove obstacles to mutual trade

Ukraine and Iraq are agreeing on the removal of obstacles to increasing export and import operations and facilitating the work of Ukrainian and Iraqi companies in the markets of both countries, the press service of the Ukrainian Embassy in Iraq has reported following a meeting between Ukrainian Amba


Javad Zarif: Iran wants key role in rebuilding Iraq after ISIS fight

Iranian firms should have a key role in rebuilding Iraq after the fight against ISIS, Tehran’s top diplomat said Wednesday in a rare meeting with Iraqi paramilitary units. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke in Iraq’s holy city of Karbala to commanders of the Hashed al-Shaabi, which is domin


'I'm back!': Touching moment a U.S. Army officer is surprised by his wife who he thought was serving in Iraq

This is the touching moment an army officer is surprised by his wife after she was deployed in Iraq for eight months in the fight against ISIS. Second lieutenant Jordan Pruitt was in the midst of classroom training when he got the unexpected visit.


France will give to Iraq 1 000 million euro

Following the Head of US Diplomacy, Mike Pompeo, his French partner ‎Jean-Yves Le Drian also made a visit to Bagdad. His visit coincided with the visit of King Abdallah II of Jordan. ‎


Asian Cup 2019: Iran tops group after fiery goalless draw against rivals Iraq

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Rivals Iraq and Iran played out a 0-0 draw in their last group match of the 2019 Asian Cup. The draw means Iran beat Iraq to first place in group D via goal difference as both teams finished with seven points each.


Iraq Defense Ministry spokesman: There were no, and shall be no foreign military forces in Iraq

Iraq does not need and will not need foreign troops on its territory and assures that the US forces currently deployed in the country are there in an advisory capacity, a spokesman for the Iraqi Defense Ministry told Sputnik on Thursday.


Iran, Iraq to Raise Trade Volume to $20 Billion

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran and Baghdad can increase annual trade volume to 20 billion dollars and if the ground is prepared, the Islamic Republic is ready to proudly share its achievements in energy, engineering, agriculture and trade areas with the Iraq.


December production hits all-time high, capping 2018 gains

Iraq's oil sector ended a record-setting year with its most prolific single month of crude production ever. Overall crude output from fields controlled by both the federal government and the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) totaled 4.94 million barrels per day (bpd) in December, accord


Goalless draw against Iraq seals top spot for Iran [VIDEO]

Persianfootball.com – DUBAI, The much anticipated Persian Gulf derby between Iran and Iraq only kept it’s promises in one aspect, in a heated and intense match, the two sides fought out a goalless draw.


Video calls for an end to anti-gay murders in Iraq

The Iraqi LGBTQ rights group IraQueer has published a new video urging Iraqis to put a stop to anti-gay violence. “This video highlights the killings of LGBT+ Iraqis that continue being unpunished,” activists at IraQueer explained. “This video is a part of our animated series we have been producing


Turkish relief agency assists refugees in northern Iraq

Turkey’s Red Crescent doles out humanitarian aid to residents of Mosul refugee camp. The Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay) on Wednesday distributed humanitarian aid to displaced families in Iraq’s city of Mosul.


Blood, thunder but no goals as Iran, Iraq share spoils

Dubai (AFP) – Iran finished top of their Asian Cup group on Wednesday after a hard-fought but goalless draw with arch-rivals Iraq at a packed Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai. The latest instalment in one of football’s great rivalries began at a frenetic pace as the two teams reprised their classic 2015