Who Was Qasem Soleimani?

Hundreds of thousands mourned his death, so who was Qasem Soleimani? Missing somewhat from recent coverage of the U.S.-Iranian tensions is the exact importance of the now-deceased Iranian General. Described by CNN as “one of Iran’s most powerful men”, it seems key to understanding what exactly he did, the regional […]

Tens Of thousands Mourn As Soleimani’s Remains Return To Iran

On Sunday, tens of thousands of mourners clad in black filled the streets of Mashhad and Ahvaz to pay their respects to Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s powerful Quds Force commander who was assassinated by a U.S. airstrike in Iraq. Soleimani’s remains were flown to the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz two […]

New Decade, New Iraq War? Tensions High As U.S. Responds To Iran’s ‘Influence’ 2

Tension in the Middle East may again be reaching critical mass as recent events in Iraq have created a difficult situation for the region.  While originally the United States targeted the Kataib Hezbollah militia, supported by Iran, in response to a deadly attack on one of its military contractors blamed […]

American Assassination Threatens To Spark War

On Friday 3 January, an American airstrike killed top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani. The strike, which targeted a convoy near Baghdad airport in Iraq, was reportedly ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump. The killing has been widely condemned and threatens to upset a delicate balance in the region. President […]

Protesters Set Fire To Shrine In Iraq

Iraqi protesters set fire to the entrance of the Hakim shrine—an incident that was cheered and filmed on mobile phones—in the southern holy city of Najaf on Saturday. In response, security forces fired tear gas to disperse the protestors, a move that is sure to lead to more bloodshed. Saturday’s […]

Rockets Hit Military Base Near Baghdad Airport

On December 9th, four Katyusha rockets hit a military base near the Baghdad Airport in Iraq. As a result of the attack, six Iraqi soldiers were wounded. Security forces in Iraq found a rocket launcher and several defused rockets near the area after the attack. According to a security official […]

The Resignation Of Iraq’s Prime Minister: Another Democratic False Dawn?

The 29th of November marked another chapter in Iraq’s turbulent political development as Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi resigned from his office. Being entrenched in post-Hussein Iraqi Politics, Mahdi’s resignation represents a significant shift in government attitudes to democracy after a period of continuous protests from October 2019. These protests have […]

Horror Ensues As At Least 25 Protesters Are Killed In Baghdad

25 people were killed and it is estimated that around 130 others were injured in Baghdad on the 6th of December. This huge loss of life and cause of injury comes from a group of pro-government gunmen who opened fire during demonstrations in central Iraq. CNN reports that this is […]

Iraqi Prime Minister Announces Resignation Amid Anti-Government Protests

On Friday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his intention to resign from his position. Protesters who had been holding demonstrations against the government since the beginning of October saw this as a cause for momentary celebration, as the former Prime Minister was one representative of a corrupt government. […]

American Vice President Makes Surprise Visit To Iraq Amidst Political Turmoil

On Saturday the 23rd of November, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to Iraq. This trip marks the first time Pence has travelled to the nation, with this visit serving multiple purposes. For American troops in the region, Pence’s visit served as a morale booster, with the […]