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 ...

Rock-throwing Iraqi militias end protest at  U.S. Embassy

World Jan 2, 2020

Rock-throwing Iraqi militias end protest at U.S. Embassy

Supporters of Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary groups who stormed the U.S. Embassy's perimeter and hurled rocks in two days of protests withdrew on Wednesday after Washington dispatched extra troops and threatened reprisals against Tehran. The demonstrators, angry at U.S. airstrikes against the Tehran-backed Kataeb Hezbollah group ...