16 January 2022
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Will Iraq Get Ever Free of Iran’s Sway? Sunday, 16 January 2022 05:03

After many years and massive popular protests, there are indications that Iraq’s body politic has decided to separate its ways from the mullahs’ regime of Iran. In the fifth election after the invasion of Iraq by the international coalition, the Iran regime’s proxy forces and its affiliated political groupings lost the power game. Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s faction secured the most seats in the parliament and is expected to form the next government in coalition with others, not under Tehran’s complete influence. Pro-Iran…
BAGHDAD, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Iraq might for the first time in years get a government that excludes Iran-backed parties if a powerful populist cleric who dominated a recent election keeps his word, Iraqi politicians, government officials and independent analysts say. But moves by the Shi'ite Muslim cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, to sideline rivals long backed by Tehran risks the ire of their heavily armed militia that make up some of the most powerful and most anti-American military forces in Iraq,…
The prime minister is fully engaged in a campaign to fight corruption, which is at the core of the Sadrists' reform agenda. Iraqi political sources say that Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi is smoothly gliding towards a new term in office, given the support he enjoys from the Sadrist Movement. The sources point out that Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr sees Kadhimi as the most capable figure who could lead a “national majority” government to be formed by the Sadrists with the…
Iraq issued 98 arrest warrants for government officials last October, the country’s integrity commission said on Thursday, as corruption continues to blight the country after decades of conflict and instability. The arrests included current and former ministers, undersecretaries and former deputies, as well as former and current governors and director generals of several ministries, according to a statement from the commission. Nearly 18 years after the US-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, and with critical infrastructure still neglected, Iraq continues…
Four rockets were fired at the fortified compound that houses the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and suspicion fell on pro-Iran militias. BAGHDAD — Four rockets targeted the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Thursday night, the latest in a series of aerial attacks amid Iranian threats and political violence as Iraq’s factions struggle to form a new government. The Iraqi military said one rocket had landed inside a school across the street from the U.S. Embassy in the heavily fortified Green…
Iraq faces a long government formation process despite the re-election of a parliamentary speaker, experts say. Competing political blocs claimed to hold a parliamentary majority during the first session of parliament since the October 10 elections. On Sunday, acting parliamentary speaker Mahmoud Al Mashahadani was surrounded by shouting members of cleric Moqtada Al Sadr's political bloc. Mr Al Mashahadani, who was trying to certify the votes of MPs, was caught in the melee and suddenly fell ill. He was taken…
The statement last week from Iraq’s Oil Minister, Ihsan Abdul Jabbar, that the newly resurrected Iraqi National Oil Company (INOC) has been given government approval to acquire ExxonMobil’s 32.7 percent stake in the supergiant West Qurna 1 oil field for up to US$350 million is likely to leave China delighted, the U.S. irritated, and Iraq’s oil industry still unable to achieve any of its key oil output goals. The last iteration of the INOC – created in 1966, before it…
Iraq's new parliament elected Sunni lawmaker Mohammed al-Halbousi as speaker on Sunday in the first session since the 10 October elections, paving the way for the election of the country's new president and government. The first session, in which MPs were tasked with electing a new speaker and deputy speaker, had to be adjourned for deliberation after interim speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani fell ill. Mashhadani, who is the oldest member of parliament, was seen in photos being carried out of the assembly by…
Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said Saturday said that there will be no place for militias in the country’s new government. His statements came on the eve of the first session of Iraq’s new parliament following the Oct. 10 parliamentary elections, in which his bloc emerged winner. "Today, there is no place for sectarianism or ethnicity, but a national majority government where the Shias will defend the rights of minorities, the Sunnis and Kurds," al-Sadr said on Twitter. "There is…
Two protesters were shot by gunmen as they attempted to disrupt a memorial service for assassinated Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq on Saturday. Soleimani, who headed the Quds Force, the foreign operations arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, was killed on 3 January 2020 in a US drone strike in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. He was killed along with his Iraqi lieutenant, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy leader of the pro-Iran Hashd al-Shaabi, a coalition of former paramilitary groups now integrated into…
IRBIL: The bodies of 16 people killed when their boat sank in the Channel while trying to reach England were repatriated early Sunday to Iraqi Kurdistan where their families were awaiting them, an AFP photographer saw. The plane carrying them arrived around 2:00 am at Irbil, capital of the autonomous region in northern Iraq. The remains were transferred to ambulances to transport them to their hometowns of Darbandikhan, Ranya, Soran and Qadrawa. At least 27 people perished in the November…
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