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Iraq weighs easing path to citizenship

Iraqi society is ablaze over a draft amendment to the country’s nationality law, with some online activists condemning the proposal as a “crime”. The new legislation, presented by the cabinet of Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi, received initial approval in the Iraqi Parliament on March 11. It is awaiting a second reading by lawmakers before it is ratified as a law

19 March 2019 06:57 PM

Big Iraqi resentment yet New Zealand terrorist attack

Big Iraqi resentment yet New Zealand terrorist attack

19 March 2019 05:15 PM

US says Iran missile program destabilizing Middle East

A senior US arms control official said on Tuesday that Iran's missile programme is destabilising the Middle East and raising the risk of a "regional arms race" through the provision of such weapons to armed groups in Lebanon and Yemen

19 March 2019 04:48 PM

Erdogan claims Iran joins military offensive against Kurdish separatists

Turkey has repeated its claim that it and Iran are jointly carrying out a military operation against Kurdish separatists, although semiofficial Iranian media quoted the military as denying it was involved

19 March 2019 04:35 PM

Iran hints at using foreign militias to smash domestic uprising

An influential Iranian cleric says Iran might bring Shiite militias to the country from other parts of the Middle East to fight threats to the government

19 March 2019 04:18 PM

Iraqi military figures’ meeting with Iran in Syria will harm Iraq

The meeting between the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with Iraqi and Iranian chiefs of staff, in attendance of his army chief stirred wide controversy inside Iraq

19 March 2019 03:32 PM

Iran Hacked Phones of Netanyahu's Wife and Son

Iran hacked the phones of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara and son Yair in an attempt to eavesdrop on conversations with the premier, according a report published on Saudi website The Independent on Monday.

19 March 2019 03:17 PM

Iran And The Hanoi Debacle: The Threat To Israel

The summit in Vietnam’s capital between President Trump and Chairman Kim in February ended in a resounding failure. The two leaders didn’t even bother to complete the summit’s program, having quickly realized that the gaps between them are too wide, and that further talks would be futile at this point.

19 March 2019 03:12 PM

What Rouhani’s visit to Iraq tells us about Iran’s Syria policy

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s recent landmark trip to Iraq was closely monitored and discussed from various aspects by the media and analysts around the world, a report by Al-Monitor said on Monday. Some observers put their focus on the bilateral aspect, talking about the importance of the visit in terms of Iran’s growing influence in Iraq, while others analyzed it within the context of Iran’s plans to overcome the US sanctions. There have been also debates on the meaning of Rouhani’s trip for internal political divisions in Iran and Iraq.

19 March 2019 02:57 PM

Meeting of Sistani, Rouhani Sends Wrong Message

Meeting of Sistani, Rouhani Sends Wrong Message

19 March 2019 02:56 PM

Iran forming new militia in Syria

Iran forming new militia in Syria

19 March 2019 02:53 PM

Amendment of Iraqi Nationality Law: New scandal for Iraq's government

Amendment of the Iraqi Nationality Law: New scandal for Adil Abd al-Mahdi’s government

19 March 2019 02:44 PM

Thousands rally in Algiers as protest leaders tell army to stay away

Thousands of students, university professors and health workers rallied in Algiers on Tuesday calling for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit, and a new group headed by activists and opposition figures told the army not to interfere.

19 March 2019 02:35 PM

Canada to extend military missions in Ukraine, Iraq

Canada has announced extending its military missions in both Ukraine and Iraq, two of the world's flashpoint conflicts.

19 March 2019 02:03 PM

Kurdish MP: Justice Ministry issue to be resolved after KRG cabinet formation

Majid Shinkali, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) said all issues between Erbil and Baghdad will not be resolved without an agreement between the Kurdish parties on formation of the Kurdistan Region’s government.

19 March 2019 01:35 PM

Iraq sentences Belgian national to death over ISIS affiliation

The Iraqi Central Criminal Court has sentenced a Belgian-national to death by hanging over affiliation to ISIS.

19 March 2019 12:59 PM

MP expects PM to submit names of candidates for vacant ministries this week

MP Qutaiba al-Jubouri has expected the Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to send names of candidates for the vacant ministers to the parliament by end of the week.

19 March 2019 12:48 PM

Qatar seeks finding place in Iraq after besieged by Arab countries: Sources

The visit by Qatari Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari to Iraq has revealed the malicious targets of Qatar, which claims strengthening economic ties with Iraq.

19 March 2019 11:57 AM

US troops reduction plan in Syria ongoing: Defense Secretary

US Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said that reducing the US troops in Syria is ongoing, indicating talks with the Turks and other allies over the Coalition’s plans for the post-ISIS phase.

19 March 2019 11:28 AM

Washington says will continue supporting Iraq to recover from ISIS war

The US Vice President Mike Pence has expressed support toward Iraq to defeat the remnants of ISIS.

19 March 2019 10:51 AM

Release cancer-stricken Michael White from Iranian prison: lawyer

The lawyer for a US Navy veteran sentenced by Iran to at least ten years in prison is concerned his client is ill but hopeful his release will be granted.

19 March 2019 01:10 AM

Iraqis warn against planned amendments to nationality law

Iraqi politicians, parliamentarians and lawmakers warned against passing the amendment of the nationality law, stressing that the adoption of such amendment will negatively impact the demographic structure in Iraq.

19 March 2019 01:00 AM

Asadi, Yassiri compete over Interior Ministry post: source

Looking forward to ending the dispute around the Interior Ministry post in Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi's government, Abd al-Ghani al-Asadi and Yassin al-Yassiri are competing for the post, according to a source in the Fatah Alliance, a main party in the negotiations held to complete the formation of the government.

18 March 2019 11:47 PM

Border between Iraq, Syria to be opened soon: Ghanimi

Iraqi Army Chief of Staff Othman al-Ghanimi announced Monday that the border crossing between Syria and Iraq will be opened during the next days, adding that the two countries will continue to exchange visits and activate trade between them.

18 March 2019 11:36 PM

Iraqi-Iranian cooperation threatens GCC, Saudi borders: Habtoor

UAE businessman Khalaf al-Habtoor warned of continuous cooperation between Iraq and Iran, and the growing Iranian influence in Iraq, in a video he posted on Twitter on Monday.

18 March 2019 10:04 PM

Harandi recommends activating parliamentary system in Iran

Hossein Saffar Harandi, Iranian former minister of culture and Islamic guidance, recommended working on replacing the presidential system in Iran with the parliamentary system, in accordance with recommendations of the country's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

18 March 2019 09:39 PM

High-level meetings held to settle on Interior Ministry candidate: MP

Hassan Khalati, MP of the National Wisdom Movement headed by Ammar al-Hakim, said that high-level meetings have been held to resolve the political dispute around the Interior Ministry post in Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi's government.

18 March 2019 09:26 PM

Iraq lauds Egypt's initiative to end Hepatitis C in Arab communities

The Iraqi Embassy in Cairo commended the decision issued by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to launch an initiative to eliminate Hepatitis C among Arab communities, including Iraqis, residing in Egypt.

18 March 2019 09:11 PM

Terra Incognita: Why didn’t Algeria light a new fuse by now?

Bouteflika is one of the last of the old men in the region. He was born in 1937 when Algeria was under French colonial rule.

18 March 2019 08:01 PM

IRGC Commander Trumpets Iran’s Foreign Military Interventions

Iran’s military involvement in Syria and Iraq and assistance to Hezbollah are among the Iran’s “unique achievements”, according to Chief Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, Radio Farda reported on monday.

18 March 2019 06:42 PM

Iran trying to oust Russia from Syrian Latakia

Iran could obtain control over a container port in the Syrian province of Latakia. Negotiations between the leaders of the Islamic republic and representatives of Damascus are already underway, and it is possible that Israel could have Iranian specialists on its doorstep by autumn, reports Rambler news outlet.

18 March 2019 06:28 PM

Yemeni president: Houthis threats to KSA, UAE proof on Iran's terror agenda

The Yemeni government, headed by President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, said Houthis threats to fire ballistic missiles against neighboring Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates present damming proof on an underlying Iranian agenda for destabilizing the region.

18 March 2019 06:14 PM