Tag: <span>Iraq</span>

United States – Iran tensions: possible regional and global repercussions

The center of recent escalation of tensions between the United States and Iran is in the Middle East region and specifically in Iraq where – in the aftermath of the killing of Genarale Qassem Soleimani and the attack carried out by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps – IRGC against the bases of Ayn al-Asad and […]

General Qassem Soleimani’s killing and the regional implications

On the night of 2 to 3 January 2020, the US performed an airstrike on Baghdad airport against a convoy of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) escorting an Iranian delegation. At least 5 PMF members were killed, including Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, leader of the pro-Iranian Kata’ib Hezbollah militia, and, more importantly, three Iranians, including General […]

Iraq: ongoing anti-governative protests in the main urban centres

Protests continue in various urban centres in Iraq (in particular, the capital and the cities of Basra, Nasiriyah, Najaf, al-Diwaniyah and Karbala), after first breaking out on 1 October. The protests were initially peaceful (with a high number of students taking part), but have progressively resulted in widespread violence and turmoil after Iraqi security forces […]

Iran-United States: escalation risk?

Overview On 20 June, Iran announced it had shot down an “American spy drone” that had allegedly violated Iranian airspace. According to the spokesman of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (pasdaran) the aircraft, a Global Hawk (produced by Northrop Grumman), was shot down in coastal Hormozgan Province, in the south of Iran. After initially denying, […]