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Explosive Drones Attack Iraq Airport

The security systems in Iraq claim that three drones wired with explosives attacked the international airport of Baghdad and that one of them was taken down. No casualties or damages have been reported yet.

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Iran
Iraq Releases Iran-aligned Commander Arrested on Terror Charges

Iraq has released an Iran-aligned militia commander arrested in May on terrorism-related charges after authorities found insufficient evidence against him, in the latest blow to government attempts to rein in armed groups.

Security forces arrested Qasim Muslih, an Iran-aligned paramilitary leader who operates mostly in Iraq's western Anbar province and is from Kerbala, on May 26.

The military had said the charges were terrorism-related but did not give details.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has placed himself publicly in opposition to Iran-backed militias and parties, and Muslih's arrest was a major attempt to rein in their power.

Two high-profile moves against Iran-backed factions - the arrest of Muslih in May and the detention in June 2020 of fighters allegedly involved in rocket fire against U.S. targets - have each resulted in no prosecutions and all those arrested being released.

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US base attacked in Iraq

Two drones were shot down over a US army base in Iraq this morning. 

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Macron: I support Iraq sovereignty and its PM

France's President, Emmanuel Macron announced tonight (Saturday) its support in Iraq's sovereignty following his meeting with Mustafa Al Kadhimi - as it is stated on Macrons residence and office. Macron expressed his concern about recent even in Baghdad, yet praised Kadhimi's diplomatic work. 

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Middle East News
Iraqi military is arming up. Russia has strong muslim competition

Russia is competing with two regional powers in regards to closing massive arms deal with Iraq, who is requesting to improve its military capabilities to deal with security threats. 

A report by "Defense One", specializing in militaries, said that the cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the UAE is making it difficult for Moscow to sell weapons to Baghdad for billions of dollars.

According to the site, Russian media claims that Iraq is planning to purchase S-300, S-400 and fighter jets. Experts say it would challenge Iraq in the process of arms deals with Russia for financial and political reasons.

The site confirms Iraq attempts to find new weapon sources, since Russian systems have been dealt with since Hussain's era. 

After 2003, Iraq was almost exclusively reliant on the US for weapons, after it's invasion, which exposed them to advanced Russian systems such as S-400.

UAE's improving relationship with Iraq is also coming between them and Russia. Last January, Iraqi Defense Minister visited UAE to improve its military cooperation. In March 31st, Saudi Arabia and Iraq agreed to upgrade its cooperation when the Saudi Prince, Salman met with Iraqi PM Mustafa Al Qadmimi and approved their efforts in the fight against terror. 

Iraqi military expert Al Sharifi said "Iraq could improve its military capabilities by making international and regional alliances when it needs to." Al Sharifi added that "Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and other countries in the regional can fulfill a role in Iraq since we don't have the funds to acquire this much weapons." Al Sharifi claimed that their neighbors would allow such support since they are part of the region, so it's for their safety too."

Iraq is going through economic turnmoil as a result of lower gas prices, caused by the pandemic. "Iraq does not have enough money to purchase weapons at this point, maybe if the gas prices go up, Baghdad could consider modernization of the armed navy and artillery, that is currently out of date."

Al Sharifi agreed and added that they should purchase planes and helicopters. He continued "The challenge in Iraq is unusual, and respresented by Guerilla warfare which does not require specific actions by fighter jets. If we needed those operations, the US army could do it."

Iraq is handling pressures from both Russia and the US. Sharifi believes that the US would not oppose any arms deal with other countries, for political balance. It would reduce reliance on US weapons, and would have Chinese and Russian influence instead. This is where Iraq is getting in trourble. 

The Iraqi military expert believes that Baghdad can diversity their sources as they maintain their strategic alliance with the US.

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Turkish air strike kills at least three in refugee camp inside Iraq

A Turkish air strike killed at least three people and injured others on Saturday at a camp for displaced people in northern Iraq housing thousands of Kurdish refugees from Turkey, said Rashad Kelani, a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party official.

The air strike took place three days after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Iraq that Turkey would "clean up" a refugee camp which it says provides a haven for Kurdish militants.

An Iraqi security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed an air strike had killed and injured people in the camp but did not give details.

Turkish forces have stepped up attacks on bases of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) inside northern Iraq over the last year, focusing their firepower and incursions mainly on a strip of territory up to 30 km (about 20 miles) inside Iraq.

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Iraqi gangs are spreading counterfeit USD in Eastern Syria

An anonymous source informed Syrian publication "Media River" that a group of drug and weapon smugglers, were dealing with foreign currency, especially large sums of the USD. Reports say they traded the fake bills for a lower value than the market, claiming they were out of circulation by the banks. The source confirmed that the group were able to con a group of people in Eastern Syria, one of the by the name "Hassan" who traded $370,000 USD to find out they were counterfeit and unusable. The Iraqi smuggler gang is affiliated with Iranian militias.  

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Persecution of Jews in Diaspora
Farhud and the terrible pogroms in Iraq against Jews

WATCH: As we remember the horrific events of the Farhud today, it's important to remember and share the truth about the nearly 1 million Jewish refugees who were expelled or forced to leave Arab countries because of violent antisemitic persecution.

In Iraq, there is a horrific history of Jewish Persecution. Decades of violence, land confiscation, and institutionalized discrimination against the ancient Jewish community has left Iraq ethnically cleansed of its once-thriving Jewish population. To this day, not a single one of the persecuted refugees has received reparations or even acknowledgment from the Iraqi government.

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Iran
Iranian Militias Have Opened a New and Illegal Border Crossing Between Syria and Iraq

Iranian militias have opened a border crossing with Iraq in the eastern rural area of ​​Deir a-Zour, after closing one of the crossings they control in the area following an internal conflict.

Media sources stated that the militias opened a military border gate around the city of al-Bukmal, after an agreement between the Iraqi Hezbollah and the Asaib Ahl al-Haq for joint management of this crossing.

In recent days, the militias have closed one of the border crossings in the city of al-Bukmal following a dispute between the Iraqi Hezbollah and Asaib Ahl al-Haq over the management of customs money.

To open this crossing, Iranian investigator Rashid Hurani said that Iran is seeking to convey the messages to its regional and international opponents that it is willing to expand the arena of confrontation with Iraq through its al-Khashd al-Shabi militia.

Hurani noted in an interview that Iranian militias are using these crossings for "securing the Iranian land bridge operating from Iraq to Lebanon."

These crossings are considered illegal and serve as an alternative to the al-Qa'im crossing, which is controlled by the Iraqi government. Iranian militias use it as a major means of bringing weapons into Syria and smuggling drugs.

It should be noted that the Iranian militias control the territory of most of the Iraq-Syria borders, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards militias have a headquarters and weapons depots in the area.

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Palestinian Lies
Muhammad Mohi, spokesman of Hizbullah Brigades in Iraq

The Jews are following their goal of world domination, implementing the plan of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion; America is prevented from returning to the JCPOA by the Jews

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Middle East News
 Iraq Militia Chief Arrested Over Attacks on Base Hosting U.S. Forces

Iraqi security forces on Wednesday arrested militia commander Qasim Muslih, the military said, in a move that security sources said was linked to attacks on a base that hosts U.S. forces.

 

Muslih was arrested at dawn and is being questioned on anti-terrorism charges, a military statement said, without giving further details.

 

Two security sources told Reuters the militia chief was arrested in Baghdad for involvement in several attacks including recent assaults on Ain al-Asad airbase, where the U.S. and other international forces are housed.

 

Muslih is the Anbar province head of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), a grouping of mostly Shi’ite militias backed by Iran, which the United States regards as the biggest threat to security in the Middle East.

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Iraq loses over a Trillion for corruption

Iraqi President and Kurdistan united leader,Barham Salih, announced on Sunday a law proposal to retrieve Iraqi funds from foreign countries. In his speech about managerial corruption in Iraq, "Iraq has lost lots of money for corruption, about a Trillion dollars since 2003."

He added, "Since 2003, 150 billion dollars were smuggled outside of Iraq for corrupt deals in foreign countries." He mentioned "This proposal is asking to retrive these funds by pressing on international agreements."

Salih called to set up an international coalition to fight corruption, and said t"Corruption is the political economy of violence, and no less dangerous than terror."

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Operation "Guardian of the Walls"
Iraqis hold anti-Israel protests after call by cleric, militias

Chanting crowds gathered in several Iraqi cities on Saturday, some burning Israeli and American flags, in protest against the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip.

Thousands of demonstrators shouted anti-Israeli slogans, held signs saying "Death to Israel, death to America" and waved Palestinian flags.

The rallies, called by powerful Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and other paramilitary leaders, were held as Israel launched more air strikes on Gaza and Palestinian militants fired rockets on Tel Aviv and other cities in the worst escalation in the region since 2014.

Sadr, who has millions of followers in Iraq and controls a large paramilitary group, pledged his support to Palestinian armed groups in Gaza.

Mass public gatherings have been rare in Iraq since security forces and militia groups crushed anti-government protests last year and amid regular curfews to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The government had announced a 10-day curfew over the Muslim Eid holiday in response to rising coronavirus infections. The curfew was partially lifted the day before the anti-Israel demonstrations.

Political leaders aligned to Iran-backed militias joined the call for Iraqis to take to the streets in a rare show of unity by rival Shi'ite Muslim factions which are competing for power ahead of a general election slated for October.

Sadr and the Iran-backed groups see Israel and the United States as enemies and vehemently oppose the possibility of restoring diplomatic links with Israel as two Gulf Arab states have done.

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Middle East News
Iraq Crumbling Under Debt
Iraq would require 27 years to pay off its debts, a member of the Iraqi parliament’s Economy and Investment Committee recently stated. The parliamentarian criticized the government for continuing to take loans in order to cover the state’s debts, without formulating a plan to increase the country’s revenues. The committee further stressed its objection to additional loans and argued that developing the oil industry, as well as decreasing government expenses, should be the main focus of the government. Earlier, official sources stated that Iraq’s domestic and international debts are worth approximately $73 billion, in addition to another $40 billion that was waived by 8 states. Source: Doron Paskin, Institute for Middle East Economic Research; Photo: Walla! News
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Burning US & Israeli flags
Members of the paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) burn U.S. flags during a parade marking the annual Quds Day, during the Muslim month of Ramadan in Basra, Iraq. Source: Reuters
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Middle East News
UAV attack in Iraq
A UAV attacked the al-Assad base in western Iraq, where US forces are stationed. According to the US-led international coalition, there were no casualties in the attack. The attack was supposedly made by pro-Iranian Shiite militias. Source: Walla
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Saudi Arabia, Iran Held Talks in Iraq
Iraq has hosted more than one round of talks between regional foes Iran and Saudi Arabia, Iraqi President Barham Salih announced today. Salih made his remarks during an interview broadcast live online with the Beirut Institute think tank. He gave no more details. Asked how many rounds of Saudi-Iranian talks Iraq had hosted, Salih replied: "More than once." "It is ongoing, and it is important and it is significant, and for Iraq to be able to play that convening role between these regional actors is important," he added, although he gave no further details on the talks.
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Religion
Ramadan Ending
A view shows the a shrine in Baghdad, Iraq, during the month of Ramadan that is coming to an end here in Israel as well. 📸: Reuters
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Breaking news
Iraq: Rockets were fired at a base stationed by US forces
At least two rockets were fired at the Ein al-Assad base in western Iraq, security officials told local media today (Tuesday). No casualties were reported in the attack on the base where US forces are stationed. In recent days, rocket launches have intensified at bases across the country, and pro-Iranian Shiite militias are thought to be responsible for them. 🇮🇱 IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! 🇮🇱
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TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) -At least three rockets hit the Iraqi military air base of Balad, north of Baghdad, where some U.S. contractors are billeted
Three other rockets fell near the base in the attack on Sunday, the sources said. No casualties or damage have been reported. No group has claimed responsibilty, but armed groups that some Iraqi officials say are backed by Iran have claimed similar incidents in the past. 🇮🇱 IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! 🇮🇱 Source: Reuters
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