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  • Pro-Iran militias take upper hand after U.S.-backed forces crumble in Anbar

    05/30/2015 8:48:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Loveday Morris
    Iraqi forces have seized from Islamic State militants a string of hamlets and villages in the dust-choked desert southeast of Ramadi... But the yellow-and-green flags that line the sides of the newly secured roads and flutter from rooftops leave no doubt as to who is leading the fighting here: Kitaeb Hezbollah, a Shiite militia designated a terrorist organization by the United States. Iraq’s two main allies — Iran and the United States — have vied for influence over Iraq’s battle to retake ground from Islamic State militants in the past year. While Iranian-linked Shiite militias have spearheaded the fight elsewhere,...
  • 7/7 ‘mastermind’ is seized in Iraq

    04/27/2007 4:30:10 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 101 replies · 5,075+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 04/28/07 | ean O’Neill, Tim Reid and Michael Evans
    The al-Qaeda leader who is thought to have devised the plan for the July 7 suicide bombings in London and an array of terrorist plots against Britain has been captured by the Americans. Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, a former major in Saddam Hussein’s army, was apprehended as he tried to enter Iraq from Iran and was transferred this week to the “high-value detainee programme” at Guantanamo Bay. Abd al-Hadi was taken into CIA custody last year, it emerged from US intelligence sources yesterday, in a move which suggests that he was interrogated for months in a “ghost prison” before being transferred...
  • How Obama Abandoned Democracy in Iraq

    04/08/2015 8:35:04 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | April 7, 2015 | By EMMA SKY
    “My greatest fear,” General Raymond Odierno, the then commanding general of U.S. forces in Iraq, told me in early 2010, “is that we stabilize Iraq, then hand it over to the Iranians in our rush to the exit.” General O (as he is known), had recently watched the 2007 movie Charlie Wilson’s War, which recounts how U.S. interest in Afghanistan ceased once the mujahedeen defeated the Soviet Army in 1989 and drove them out. Now, he had a premonition that the same could happen in Iraq. “I’ve invested too much here,” he said, “to simply walk away and let that...
  • US general: Iran-backed Shiite militias not in Tikrit fight

    03/28/2015 10:53:48 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 16 replies
    FOX News ^ | 03/26/2015 | AP
    Iranian-backed Shiite militias have left the northern Iraq city of Tikrit, a key condition the U.S. demanded before it agreed to begin launching airstrikes Wednesday to support Iraqi forces and try to retake the city from the Islamic State group, the top U.S. general for the Middle East said Thursday. Austin said he witnessed brutality by Shiite militias during his extensive experience leading U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. "I will not -- and I hope we will never -- coordinate or cooperate with Shiite militias," he said, adding a blunt explanation for why the Iranian-led offensive failed: The wrong...
  • US continues to insist airstrikes support Iraqi forces, not Shiite militias

    03/27/2015 3:39:15 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 26 March 2015 | Bill Roggio
    US commanders continue to insist that they are supporting Iraqi security forces, and not the Iranian-backed Shiite militias who make up more than two-thirds of the fighting force in the Tikrit offensive. US military officials’ denials that they are serving as the air force for Iranian-backed Shiite militias that are responsible for killing hundreds of American soldiers before US forces withdrew from Iraq in December 2011 becomes even more perplexing once you understand that many of the top leaders of these militias have been designated by the US as terrorists. And one of these militias (Hezbollah Brigades) is listed as...
  • After Tikrit: What to Do With Iraq’s Shia Popular Mobilization Units

    03/18/2015 11:26:52 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 7 replies
    Foreign Affairs ^ | March 16, 2015 | Michael Knights
    Iraq, in short, could be experiencing what Lebanon did decades ago as Hezbollah fighters took the Bekaa Valley. In this case, the land in question is Mesopotamia and the forces are PMUs, but the result will be the same: a swath of land in which the government is gradually ceding ground to powerful paramilitary factions with strong terrorist connections.
  • Iranian Weapons Pour Into Embattled Tikrit

    03/16/2015 8:06:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 14, 2015 | Adam Rawnsley
    Iraqi and Shia militia forces have been taking back ground from Islamic State, pushing the jihadist fighters out of much of the town of Tikrit. But in a sign of Tehran’s growing military presence in the Iraq, Iranian weapons were a nearly ubiquitous sight in images and videos coming out of the offensive to take the mostly Sunni city. Ever since Islamic State shocked the region with its capture of Mosul last summer, Iran has opened up its arsenals and flooded clients, proxies and friends in Iraq with arms and vehicles.
  • Iraqi Sunnis join feared Shiite militia to battle ISIS [The enemy of my enemy is...]

    03/14/2015 10:34:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/14/2015 | By W.G. Dunlop
    Wearing a camouflage uniform with militia patches and a green headband, Nawar Mohammed is the image of an Iraqi Shiite fighter except for one detail: he is Sunni. Mohammed is one of some 250 Sunni residents of Al-Alam who joined Asaib Ahl al-Haq, an Iranian-backed Shiite militia with a fearsome reputation for kidnappings and killings targeting their community, to battle the Islamic State group after it seized their town. It would once have been all but unthinkable for a member of Iraq's Sunni Arab minority to join a Shiite militia, but opposition to ISIS, which overran large areas north and...
  • Iraq militia leader hails Iran’s ‘unconditional’ support

    03/14/2015 12:57:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 14, 2015 2:22 AM EDT | Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sameer N. Yacoub
    The U.S. has failed to live up to its promises to help Iraq fight Islamic State extremists, unlike the “unconditional” assistance being given by Iran, the commander of Iraq’s powerful Shiite militias alleged Friday. In a battlefield interview near Tikrit, where Iraqi forces are fighting to retake Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the militants of the so-called Islamic State, commander Hadi al-Amiri criticized those who “kiss the hands of the Americans and get nothing in return.” […] An Iraqi government official told The Associated Press that Iran has sold Baghdad nearly $10 billion in arms and hardware, mostly weapons for urban...
  • Iraqi offensive to dislodge Islamic State from Tikrit appears to stall

    03/13/2015 2:32:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Zeenews ^ | Friday, March 13, 2015 | Reuters
    A source in the Salahuddin Operations Command said Iraqi forces would not move forward until reinforcements reached Tikrit, of which Islamic State still holds around half. Using guerrilla warfare tactics, the militants have turned the city into a labyrinth of home-made bombs and booby-trapped buildings, and are using snipers to halt their progress... A victory in Tikrit would give Iraqi forces momentum for the next stage of the campaign to retake Mosul, the largest city under control of Islamic State, which now rules a self-proclaimed caliphate in Sunni regions in Syria and Iraq. But the involvement of Iran, which backs...
  • "The Army of Muhammad" Confesses: We Received Aid in Money and Arms from Syria and Iran

    01/18/2005 8:42:39 AM PST · by TexKat · 9 replies · 949+ views
    MemriTV ^ | 1/14/05
    The following are excerpts from the televised confessions of Muayed Al-Nasseri, who commanded Saddam Hussein's "the Army of Muhammad" throughout 2004. The confessions were aired by the Iraqi TV channel that operated from the UAE, Al-Fayhaa TV, on January 14, 2005. Interrogator: What is your name? Muayed Al-Nasseri: Colonel Muayed Yassin 'Aziz 'Abd Al-Razaq Al-Nasseri, commander of the Army of Muhammad, one of the resistance factions in Iraq. The Army of Muhammad was founded by Saddam Hussein after the fall of the regime, on April 9, 2003. At first, Yasser Al-Shab'awi was put in charge, until his captured in July...
  • Iran Is Ready to Take Over Iraq’s Troops

    02/11/2015 7:22:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | February 11, 2015 | Jacob Siegel
    In an announcement that could complicate the cornerstone of America’s mission in Iraq—training Iraq’s military to fight ISIS—an Iranian general said Monday that he also is prepared to begin training Iraqi military officers. The message comes after Baghdad and Tehran reached a security agreement in December, which has not been made public but will reportedly increase military cooperation between the two countries. Washington and Tehran have quietly cooperated in the fight against ISIS largely by avoiding direct contact and keeping to separate spheres of influence. If Iran begins training Iraqi officers at the same time the U.S. carries out its...
  • Iran's Expanding Military Role in Iraq

    09/11/2014 9:32:31 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Washington Institute ^ | September 8, 2014
    Despite the loss of a close ally in outgoing prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) appears ready to move on by offering substantial military support to his successor in Baghdad. As incoming Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi goes about the business of forming a new government, Iran seems intent on expanding direct military assistance to its neighbor. Tehran made a major military commitment to Baghdad while Maliki was still clinging to power, and the political and military steps it has reportedly taken since then indicate determined support for a nascent government that remains dominated by Maliki's...
  • Photo brings Iran's plans for Iraq into sharp focus

    04/28/2012 9:34:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Greater Dandenong Weekly ^ | 28 Apr, 2012 03:00 AM | PAUL MCGEOUGH
    A PUBLIC relations stumble between Tehran and Baghdad has intensified speculation that one of Iran’s most senior clerics is about to extend his power—and Iran’s theocratic system—into Iraq.On his return from a visit to Tehran, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office released statements on his meetings with several senior Iranian officials—but it was silent on Mr. Maliki’s encounter with 63-year-old Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi. Despite a Baghdad blackout on what is understood to have been their third meeting in recent months, Iran’s government-run news agency IRNA released a photograph of Mr. Maliki and Ayatollah Shahroudi—who is Iraqi by birth—greeting each...
  • Without Syria, Iran is headless in Iraq

    12/19/2011 4:44:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Gulf News ^ | Tuesday, December 20, 2011 | Sami Moubayed of Forward Magazine
    A few years back, Iran formulated a scenario for "the day after" Hezbollah leaves the scene in Lebanon, either if a new civil war breaks out or if the Syrians signed a peace treaty with Israel. Iran wanted to make sure that a Plan B was ready, automatically switching to a military group that would do the job Hezbollah had been doing, in terms of promoting and defending Iranian influence in the Arab world while "protecting" Arab Shiites... The conditions in Iraq, after all, were similar to those in Lebanon when Hezbollah was founded in the early 1980s. There was...
  • Iran ready to expand military links with Iraq (never saw that one coming...)

    12/25/2011 7:31:25 AM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/25/11
    Iran is ready to expand its military and security ties with Iraq, its armed forces chief of staff has said, a week after the exit of US forces from their neighbour. General Hassan Firouzabadi hailed the "forced departure" of the US and allied forces that he said "was due to the resistance and determination of the Iraqi people and government," the state Islamic Republic News Agency reported. The statements were made in messages Gen Firouzabadi sent to his Iraqi counterpart, Lieutenant General Babaker Zebari, and to Iraq's acting defence minister, Saadun al-Dulaimi, IRNA said. The departure of the US troops...
  • Rumsfeld and the Realists - Consistency is irrelevant to progressives.

    11/13/2006 5:30:02 AM PST · by Fury · 3 replies · 455+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 11/13/06 | Michael Rubin
    Consistency is irrelevant to progressives. Monday, November 13, 2006 12:01 a.m. On Dec. 20, 1983, Donald Rumsfeld, then Ronald Reagan's Middle East envoy, met Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Baghdad. According to declassified documents, the Reagan administration sought to re-establish long-severed relations with Baghdad amid concern about growing Iranian influence. While U.S. intelligence had earlier confirmed Saddam's use of chemical weapons, Mr. Rumsfeld did not broach the subject. His handshake with Saddam, caught on film by Iraqi television, represented a triumph for diplomatic realism.
  • Iran gave al-Qaeda in Iraq SAM-7 missiles

    05/13/2006 9:43:52 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 16 replies · 1,035+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | May 13, 2006 | Iran Focus
    London, May 13 – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) had provided the insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq heavy weapons including anti-aircraft missiles, it emerged on Friday. The Iraqi daily az-Zaman which is published in London and Baghdad quoted credible Iraqi sources as revealing that the IRGC had given al-Qaeda in Iraq, Strela-type SAM-7 surface-to-air missiles, modern explosives, and a large number of personnel arms including Kalashnikovs and BKC machineguns. Al-Qaeda in Iraq is believed to be led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who is on the United States’ wanted list. The report said that representatives of al-Zarqawi’s group met in...
  • Flight Shows Difficulties of Policing the Iran-Iraq Border

    05/07/2006 6:26:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 297+ views
    FORT TARIK, Iraq, May 7, 2006 – Flying to this fort illustrates the challenges the Iraqi border police face in securing the frontier. After leaving Baghdad and its rivers, the groves of palm trees give way to irrigated fields. These give way to a large swamp covered with reeds and crisscrossed by a myriad of trails. At the edge of the swamp, the green disappears and miles of open desert lay ahead. For miles in any direction there is no trace of life. Where water once stood, there are large pans of salt that reflect the sun and drive the...
  • Iranians Overwhelmingly Support U.S. Presence in Iraq

    03/02/2006 10:00:53 AM PST · by SolitarySaint · 1 replies · 139+ views
    The Yankee Sailor ^ | 3/2/06 | The Yankee Sailor
    There's some interesting data points buried down deep in the recent GlobeScan/BBC poll that didn't get much press attention. The bold-face headline was, World Public Says Iraq War Has Increased Global Terrorist Threat, but that's a no-brainer. The items that aren't so obvious or expected are: - Strong majorities of Afghans and Germans believe the U.S. should stay in Iraq, regardless of what the Iraqis want. - Pluralities of Canadians, Philippinos, Italians and Finns, think America should maintain its presence.
  • General Panic (Meet Brig General Qassem Suleimani, the commander of Iran's anti-American Qods Force)

    10/05/2005 4:32:44 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 579+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 5, 2005 | Dan Darling
    WITH RECENT U.S. and British allegations that shipments of explosives similar to those used by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) are being shipped into Iraq from Iran for use by the insurgency, it is long past time for American policy-makers to examine the role of Iranian Brigadier General Qassem Suleimani and the Qods (Jerusalem) Force unit under his command in fomenting and facilitating anti-American terrorist activity since the September 11 attacks.The very nature of General Suleimani's position within the IRGC warrants him being on America's radar. As the commander of Qods Force, Suleimani is charged with overseeing the IRGC's...
  • Iranians Return to Iraq with Drugs

    07/23/2005 9:19:40 PM PDT · by Wiz · 2 replies · 231+ views
    Karbala -Among the agreements signed by the Iraqi delegation, visiting Iran recently, headed by the Prime Minister, Ibrahim Al Ja'fari, were opening new border entry stations and freeing the movement of Iranian visitors to Iraq. Despite the economic significance of the flow of Iranian visitors, many Iraqis fear that this flow would increase one of the aggravating serious problems in their country, which is the spread of taking drugs that enter Iraq from Iran. Governmental authorities' information state that the southern region and the central Euphrates region have become a major station for distributing drugs inside Iraq and smuggling it...
  • Iranians to train Iraq's military

    07/08/2005 6:01:54 AM PDT · by mario12 · 9 replies · 560+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | 7/8/05
    Iranians to train Iraq's military Mr Dulaimi is on his first official visit to the Islamic Republic Former enemies Iran and Iraq say they will launch broad military co-operation including training Iraqi armed forces. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4659287.stm
  • Bodies In Warehouse 'From Iran-Iraq War'

    04/06/2003 6:12:19 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 247+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 4-7-2003 | Andrew Johnson
    Bodies in warehouse 'from Iran-Iraq war' By Andrew Johnson 07 April 2003 Hundreds of bodies discovered in a warehouse in southern Iraq by British troops may be soldiers killed in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. The complex, found by a British artillery battery on Saturday, was initially thought to have been used to torture and execute opponents of Saddam Hussein's regime. However, initial findings by investigators searching for evidence of Iraqi war crimes suggested the two tin sheds, which contained more than 200 bodies and stacks of coffins, were a repatriation complex for casualties of the conflict. Earlier yesterday, Iran claimed...
  • Iran: Missile was Iraqi, not U.S.

    03/23/2003 8:42:01 AM PST · by Enemy Of The State · 15 replies · 226+ views
    CNN Asia ^ | 3.23.03
    <p>TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Iran believes a missile that landed inside its border last week came from Iraq and not the United States, as first suspected, the country's official IRNA news agency said Sunday.</p> <p>Interior Minister Abdolvahed Moussavi Lari said examinations indicated that the missile, which landed in the western region of Sardasht, was made by Iraq.</p>
  • Freepers need to Freep this Poll. What Nation is the largest threat to the US?

    02/06/2003 3:27:53 PM PST · by tall_tex · 19 replies · 157+ views
    Netscape ^ | Feb. 6, 2003 | self
    Looks like DU's here too. Some reason the Dem's talking points wants to hold us North Korea as the worst threat to US.