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Op-Ed: Pentagon plans massive attacks on Iraqi pro-Iranian militias

Last week in the US, the Pentagon issued a secret directive that asked US military commanders in Iraq to plan a huge campaign against Iraqi Shi'ite militias with the plan of wiping out some at least.

Op-Ed: US & UAE held wargames against Iran in Abu Dhabi despite pandemic

A number of planned wargames have been delayed because of fears they would help spread the coronavirus. However, the US and United Arab Emirates (UAE) carried on the biennial Native Fury to send a message to Iran.

Iraq to file complaint with UN over US airstrikes

After the US carried out a number of airstrikes in Iraq , Iraq's Foreign Ministry announced that they will submit a formal complaint to the UN Security Council accusing the US of aggression and violation of Iraq's sovereignty.

Op-Ed: Iraq condemns US retaliatory raids as another attack hits US base

Barham Salih, the Iraqi president, issued a statement on Friday that angrily condemned a group of US airstrikes hitting suspected Iranian-back rebels suspected of carrying out the raids.

Op-Ed: Iraqi military officials cautioned not to seek US help

Tensions may have eased a bit since the US carried out the assassination of Qaseem Soleimani a top Iranian commander along with an Iraqi deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization forces in a drone strike near the Baghdad International Airport.

Op-Ed: Trump administration suspends all arms shipments to Iraq

The Trump Administration has suspended delivery of all weapons to Iraq. This includes the delivery of Sidewinder and Maverick missiles that were part of a $1.8 billion contract that had been signed in 2016.

Op-Ed: US general in Iraq claims Shia militias not ISIS are main threat

The US Deputy Commander in Iraq and Syria, Major General Alex Grynkewich downplayed the threat posed by ISIS terrorists within Iraq. Instead, he argued that Shiite groups including those not controlled by Iran were the real threat..

Op-Ed: US refuses to discuss ways to withdraw from Iraq

According to a Washington Post report the Iraqi PM has asked for the US to devise a mechanism for withdrawal of its troops from the country.

Op-Ed: Tensions between Iran and US lessen after Iran's weak retaliation

US officials confirmed that they had advance notice Tuesday night before Iran launched missile strikes against two bases hosting US troops. This gave US troops time to take measures to limit or avoid casualties.

Op-Ed: Assassinated Iranian commander was on a diplomatic mission

According to the caretaker Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi assassinated Iranian General Qassam Soleimani was on a diplomatic mission that was part of ongoing diplomatic efforts to reduce tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Iraqi parliament session could call for expulsion of US troops

US troops are operating in Iraq under a legal mandate granted by the government. However, the attack on the Baghdad Airport killed members of the approved paramilitary forces. The Iraqi military and others claim this action falls outside the mandate.

Op-Ed: US drops 80,000 pounds of explosives on tiny island in Iraq

US warplanes have virtually destroyed the tiny island of Qanus in the Salahuddin Province of Iraq in the Tigris river. US officials claim the island is a hiding place for ISIS terrorist.

Op-Ed: Unidentified air attack on PMF base in Syria blamed on Israel

Airstrikes have been launched against a base that belongs to Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a Shi'ite militia that is part of the Iraqi military. The attack is said to have killed several people.

Op-Ed: 100 US military trucks move into base in Iraq's Anbar province

A convoy of more than 100 US military trucks have crossed the border into Iraq from Jordan carrying considerable amounts of arms and vehicles to the US Ayn al-Asad base in the western province of Anbar.

Chelsea Manning says she will not testify before new grand jury

Chelsea Manning the former US military intelligence analyst said today that she will again refuse to testify to a grand jury about her leak of classified information to Wikileaks, even if this means she will be put back in jail.

U.S. may clash with Iraqi government over troops remaining

For some time now U.S. officials have said that even though the end of the war against the Islamic State may be in sight, U.S. troops should stay in Iraq.

U.S. denies Iraq coalition involved in airstrike that killed 15

Kirkuk - An apparent airstrike thought to be by the US-led coalition in Iraq is reported to have hit a Shi'ite mosque in the town of Daquq just on the outskirts of Kirkuk. At least 15 civiians were killed as a funeral procession was hit. Scores were wounded.

U.S. has used white phosphorus in Iraq

Pictures and videos posted online by the Pentagon show that the United States is using white phosphorus munitiions in its fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq.

Obama says U.S. will stay in Iraq over the longer term

Baghdad - At a press conference during his visit to Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama said the U.S. will continue its presence in Iraq over the longer term. He cited the country's political instability as showing that the U.S. needs to remain involved.

Op-Ed: Obama sends 450 more troops to Anbar province in Iraq

Ramadi - On Wednesday the White House announced it would send up to 450 additional troops to Anbar province in eastern Iraq. The troops will advise and otherwise assist Iraqi forces in their battle against the Islamic State(IS) in the province.

Car bomb targets U.S. consulate in Erbil, Iraq

Erbil - A car bomb was detonated at the entrance to the U.S. consular building in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, killing at least three people and injuring eight others, although another report said 14 were wounded.

U.S. troops may help planned Iraqi offensive to take Mosul

Mosul - The US has been hyping a spring offensive against the Islamic State to retake the city of Mosul, the largest city held by the rebels.

Op-Ed: U.S. may be returning to Fallujah and Haditha in Iraq

Fallujah - Anbar Governor Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi confirmed to Reuters that he had met with U.S. diplomats as well as senior military officials to seek help in defeating IS forces who control almost all of the province.

Op-Ed: Obama authorizes targeted strikes on Islamic State

Irbil - U.S. President Barack Obama has authorized targeted air strikes on Islamic State to protect US personnel. He also authorized air drops of humanitarian aid to members of the Yazidi minority who fled to the mountains and Christians as well.

Op-Ed: As Green Berets enter northern Iraq U.S. more deeply involved

Baghdad - Increases in the number of U.S. troops has always been accompanied by claims that they are advisers or defenders of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and U.S. interests in the area. However, now troops have been sent north to Iraqi Kurdistan.

Op-Ed: The U.S. bears some responsibility for the situation in Iraq

Baghdad - After a short visit to Egypt, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the US is not responsible for the present violence in Iraq where ISIS militants have taken key towns and large swathes of territory in the northeast of the country.

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