Iraq announces ‘end of the war’ against ISIS; Jihadists dispersed into Syria, Turkey

Iraq announces ‘end of the war’ against ISIS; Jihadists dispersed into Syria, Turkey

by WorldTribune Staff, December 10, 2017 Iraq’s prime minister on Dec. 9 announced the “end of the war against Daesh (Islamic State).” Haidar al-Abadi said Iraqi troops have “gained full control on the Iraqi-Syrian borders.” “Our enemy wanted to kill our civilization, but we have won through our unity and our determination. We have triumphed […]

Analyst: Trump administration has not yet stopped an Iran on the march

Analyst: Trump administration has not yet stopped an Iran on the march

by WorldTribune Staff, November 21, 2017 The Obama administration, via the nuclear deal, opened the door for Iran’s march toward “erecting a new empire” in the Middle East and the Trump administration has not gone far enough to stop it, an analyst wrote. “The pace of Iran’s imperial project is now accelerating,” Ilan Berman, senior vice […]

Iraq’s parliament grants legal status to Shi’ite militias

Iraq’s parliament grants legal status to Shi’ite militias

by WorldTribune Staff, November 27, 2016 In a move that was boycotted by Sunni lawmakers, Iraq’s parliament has granted legal status to Shi’ite militias. The legislation guarantees militias from the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces the right to keep their “identity and character as long as that does not threaten Iraqi national security.” The new law […]

Iran said to have developed Shi’ite proxy force in Iraq for deployment elsewhere

Iran said to have developed Shi’ite proxy force in Iraq for deployment elsewhere

by WorldTribune Staff, November 22, 2016 Iran has in place thousands of loyal Shi’ite militiamen in Iraq that could be used as a permanent force in the region, deploying to hot spots in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, analysts say. There are some 80,000 fighters under Iran’s direction in the Hizbullah Brigades, Badr Organization and other […]

The Obama legacy: 100,000 Iran-backed fighters now on the ground in Iraq

The Obama legacy: 100,000 Iran-backed fighters now on the ground in Iraq

by WorldTribune Staff, August 17, 2016 U.S. officials say that up to 100,000 Iranian-backed Shi’ite fighters are on the ground in Iraq, raising the specter that a defeated Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) will be replaced by another anti-American force. “The effect of the Obama administration’s policy has been to replace American boots […]

Disputes within Iraqi forces slows advance on Fallujah

Disputes within Iraqi forces slows advance on Fallujah

by WorldTribune Staff, June 8, 2016 Iraq’s advance on Fallujah has been delayed by strategy disagreements among the nation’s splintered forces. The Iraqi forces, having secured the southern edge of the city held by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), have been stalled for two days as commanders of elite counterterrorism special forces and […]

Iranian commander in Iraq at Baghdad’s request, Iraqi foreign minister says

Iranian commander in Iraq at Baghdad’s request, Iraqi foreign minister says

by WorldTribune Staff, June 7, 2016 The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force is in Iraq as an adviser at the request of the government in Baghdad, Iraq’s foreign minister said on June 6. Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani is assisting Iraqi forces in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and […]

ISIL, said to fear uprising, executes 300 by firing squad in Mosul

ISIL, said to fear uprising, executes 300 by firing squad in Mosul

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has executed 300 people in Mosul, Iraq. “Daesh (ISIL) terrorists executed 300 people by firing squad in Mosul,” said Mahmoud al-Sourji, a spokesman for Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces on Feb. 7. Those executed were “Iraqi police personnel, army troopers and civilian activists,” Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network […]