Who is Qais al-Khazaali, godfather of Iranian-backed Shiite militias?

Monday, 11 December 2017

A video showing the leader of Iraq’s Iranian-backed Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, Qais Khazaali, appearing at the Lebanese-Israeli border earlier this week has prompted widespread debate. He was seen in the footage in military uniform, meeting with Hezbollah factions and announced: “The whole country together with Hezbollah is ready to fight and prelude to the Islamic state that is ruled by the Awaited Mahdi.” This produced a wide discussion about the character of Khazaali who just ...

Saudi Arabia congratulates Baghdad for victory over ISIS

Sunday, 10 December 2017

An official source at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is sending its congratulations to the people and the government of Iraq for eliminating the last strongholds of ISIS, reported Saudi Press Agency. The source considered the end of the Iraq war against the terrorist ISIS organization a great victory over terrorism in the region, wishing Iraq and its brotherly people security, stability, progress and prosperity in the future.

Iraq holds military parade celebrating victory over ISIS

Sunday, 10 December 2017

An Iraqi military parade celebrating final victory over ISIS is underway in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, an Iraqi military spokesman told Reuters on Sunday. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over ISIS on Saturday after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory. Iraqi forces recaptured the last areas still under ISIS control along the border with Syria and ...

Oil-for-food program imposed by UN on Iraq following Kuwait invasion ends

Saturday, 9 December 2017

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry on Saturday announced the end of Iraq's obligation of the Oil-for-Food program within Chapter VII of the United Nations charter, according to kurdistan24 website. Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, prompting the UN Security Council to place Iraq in Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which includes sanctions and considers the country a threat. The Oil-for-Food Program established by the United Nations in 1995 under the UN Security Council Resolution 986. The program was ...

Prime Minister Abadi declares ‘end of war against ISIS’ in Iraq

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Saturday “the end of the war” in Iraq against the ISIS group and that his forces had regained full control of the border with Syria. “Our forces are in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border and I therefore announce the end of the war against ISIS,” Abadi told a conference in Baghdad. “Our enemy wanted to kill our civilization, but we have won through our unity and our determination. We have triumphed in little ...

Will Iraq’s upcoming elections be dead on arrival?

Saturday, 9 December 2017

On December 5, 2017, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, announced that provincial and parliamentary elections will be held on May 12, 2018; yet, many domestic events and regional developments would delay the elections as the Iraqi community is undergoing many societal and economic as well as political hardships. As the date of Provincial Councils and the House of Representatives elections is approaching, some Iraqi leaders started to call for further procrastination due to two reasons: The ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

Russia’s Novak: Saudi’s Falih to oversee launch of Arctic LNG plant

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih will travel to the Russian Arctic to oversee the launch of a liquefied natural gas plant, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Wednesday. The two energy ministers will visit the plant this week. The Yamal LNG plant, controlled by Russia’s largest private gas producer Novatek, is expected to eventually produce 17.5 million tons of gas per year. Novak said in July that energy cooperation with Saudi Arabia was ...

Saddam’s daughter pays tribute to Yemen’s Saleh, calls him ‘hero, martyr’

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Raghad Saddam Hussein, daughter of Iraq’s former president, called the late Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh her “hero and martyr” Tuesday. Hussein’s message comes a day after Saleh was shot dead by Houthi gunmen on Monday. “I extend my condolences to the family of the martyr Ali Abdullah Saleh, to his daughter Balqis, his son Ahmad, and to the family who supported the martyred President Saddam Hussein, his family, and Iraq and many Iraqis after the occupation. ...

Saudi energy minister signs 18 MoUs with Iraq

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Engineer Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih and his Iraqi Oil Minister Engineer Jabbar Al-Alluaibi witnessed singed 18 memorandums of understanding between Saudi and Iraqi companies in the fields of energy.Petrochemical giant Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) plans to open an office in Iraq soon, Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said during a visit to Iraq’s southern oil city of Basra, as relations between Riyadh and ...

A Marshall Plan for Iraq?

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

A few days ago, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari called for a Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of his country. “The world owes it to us,” he insisted. After the military victory over ISIS, Iraq undoubtedly needs massive international aid — especially to rebuild Mosul and other cities devastated by the war. It is high time that this historical country, cradle of so many civilizations, catches breath and revives. For 40 years, Iraqis have endured one tragedy after ...

Christian Chesnot

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