Elite Iraqi troops secure U.S. Embassy after attack

World Jan 3, 2020

Elite Iraqi troops secure U.S. Embassy after attack

Elite Iraqi troops deployed to secure the U.S. Embassy Thursday, a day after a pro-Iran mob laid siege to it in dramatic scenes that overshadowed months of anti-government grassroots protests. The unprecedented attack on the American mission in Baghdad — in which intruders threw rocks, ...

With pro-Iran groups at helm, Iraq 'risks becoming pariah'

World Jan 2, 2020

With pro-Iran groups at helm, Iraq 'risks becoming pariah'

A siege of the U.S. Embassy by pro-Iran protesters in Baghdad lasted just over a day, but analysts warn it could have lasting implications for Iraq's complex security sector and diplomatic ties. Baghdad had been struggling to keep up its precarious balancing act between its ...

World Jan 2, 2020

Iran-backed paramilitary forces in Iraq under focus after U.S. strikes

The most powerful paramilitary groups in Iraq: Kataeb Hezbollah Formed in 2003 after the U.S.-led invasion, the secretive Iran-backed Kataeb Hezbollah (Battalions of the Party of God) is one of the smallest Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, with an estimated 5,000 members. But it is considered one ...

Khamenei condemns U.S., warns Iran will confront threats

World / Politics Jan 2, 2020

Khamenei condemns U.S., warns Iran will confront threats

Iran's supreme leader Wednesday strongly condemned deadly U.S. strikes on Iraq and warned his country was ready to confront threats after U.S. President Donald Trump issued one against the Islamic republic. "I and the government and the nation of Iran strongly condemn this American crime," ...