Friday, October 20, 2017 01:42

Iran-Iraq relations

ISIS resisting as Iran helps Iraqi forces try to retake Tikrit

On Wednesday March 11, Iraqi government military forces and armed volunteer militia forces of Hashid Shaabi supported by Iran, entered Tikrit; however, reports indicate that the city has not been taken completely under control. According to Reuters, Tikrit was still a scene of resistance by ISIS forces on Thursday. » read more

IRGC presence in Iraq described as crucial to Iranian security

The head of Iran’s National Security Supreme Council has defended the presence of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in Iraq, saying their presence is pivotal to Iran’s domestic security. » read more

Iraqi prime minister arrives for Iranian visit

Haider Al-Abadi, Iraq’s new prime minister, arrived in Tehran on Monday night for a visit with Iranian authorities. Iran had been considered a supporter of former Iraqi prime minister Nouri Al-Maleki; however, following widespread criticism of the Al-Maleki administration, Iran backed the election of Mr. Al-Abadi as the new prime minister. » read more

IRGC says Qods Forces aid troubled countries like Iraq

The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says its international arm, the Qods Forces, support “revolutionary and resistance movements of the dispossessed and the oppressed all around the world,” adding that the nature of the IRGC’s assistance is “advisory and educational.” » read more

Minister says ISIS not recruiting in Iran

Iran’s Minister of the Interior said on Monday September 8 that ISIS forces in Iraq have possible plans to “attack Iran” but he added that there have been no cases of ISIS attempting to recruit in Iran. » read more

Kurdish leader says Iran has armed Kurds against ISIS

Masoud Barzani, the head of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, has confirmed that Iran has been providing weapons to the Kurdish resistance against ISIS extremists. » read more

Zarif arrives in Iraq to discuss security, cabinet

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif began a three-day visit to Iraq on Sunday to discuss security  matters as well as issues around the formation of Iraq’s new cabinet. » read more

Iran cheers new Iraqi leader

Iran has extended congratulations to the Iraqi people and clergy for the election of their new prime minister, Haidar Al-Abadi. The head of Iran’s National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, stated that Iran supports the “legal process” of Mr. Al-Abadi’s election. » read more

Iran part of search to replace Iraqi leader

Iran is involved in a search for an adequate substitute for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maleki. A senior Iranian official has reportedly told Reuters, on condition of anonymity, that there are very few choices to replace Al-Maleki, but Iran has concluded that the current Prime Minister is not capable of keeping the country together. » read more

Iran says it won’t get involved in Iraqi affairs

Iran’s Minister of Intelligence says his country is not indifferent to issues regarding Iraq; however, he stressed that Iran will not interfere in Iraqi affairs.

The Central News Unit reports that Mahmoud Alavi said: “We have never interfered in Iraq and will never do so in the future and we support Iraq’s dignity and independence.” » read more