Iranian IRGC Colonel Assassinated in Tehran

The Cradle The body of IRGC Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodaei lays motionless in his car outside his home after being assassinated by unknown armed assailants, likely hired by the Israeli Mossad, on 22 May 2022. (Photo credit: IRNA) Many are pointing towards the Mossad as being behind the assassination Unknown assailants shot and killed an…

Several US Military Convoys Come Under Attack in Iraq

The Cradle US soldiers speak to families in rural Anbar, western Iraq. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Susannah George, File) Iraqi resistance groups have stepped up strikes against US military convoys in recent months US military convoys have come under attack by unknown militant groups in several Iraqi cities, according to a 15 May report by Mehr News…

IRGC Launches Attack on ‘Terrorist Targets’ in Northern Iraq

The Cradle Reports suggest that the IRGC targeted an anti-Iran Kurdish militant group that operates in northern Iraq On 11 May, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched an attack on what it called terrorist bases in the Barbzin heights of Erbil’s Sidikan area in northern Iraq. “No casualties have been reported so far,” Iranian…

US Forces Open Fire on Residential Areas in Northern Iraq

The Cradle Despite claiming the US ‘combat mission’ in Iraq ended last December, the Pentagon has kept at least 2,500 soldiers deployed across the country US troops stationed at Harir Air Base in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) opened fire on a number of houses and one car in Erbil’s Basrma district on 9 May….

Turkey Continues to Exploit Iraq Crises to Create Safe Zone

Arab Weelky Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar meets with military personnel at a command centre, in Ankara, April 18, 2022. (Reuters) ANKARA – Turkey is reportedly seeking to create a safe zone in northern Iraq, just as it did in Syria, where it succeeded in controlling a strip of land that includes Kurdish areas and…

Iraq is on the Verge of a New Round of Political Struggle

Viktor Mikhin Reaching a quorum in Iraq’s presidential election remains an insurmountable obstacle so far for Iraqi leader Muqtada al-Sadr and his tripartite parliamentary alliance.  The last round of voting for the president, which went nowhere, showed this quite clearly. Negotiators and political leaders believe, local media reported, that the influential Shiite cleric and his…

Iraqi Officials Slam Turkish Military Incursion into the Kurdistan Region

The Cradle (Photo credit: Emrah Oprukcu/NurPhoto) Bagdhad has stressed that all foreign military operations on Iraqi soil must be conducted in coordination with the government, which Turkey has failed to do Following the Turkish military incursion into the Kurdish region of northern Iraq on 18 April, Iraqi officials from across the board have condemned the…

Turkey Launches Bombing Campaign on the PKK in Northern Iraq

The Cradle Baghdad has condemned the ongoing violations of its territory by Ankara’s forces The Turkish army launched a bombing campaign against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq on 17 April, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said in a statement a day later. Turkish drones, warplanes, and artillery units attacked PKK camps and ammunition depots,…

Hundreds of Iraqis from Syria’s Al-Hawl Camp Repatriated

The Cradle Iraq’s National Security advisor, Qassem al-Araji, has said that more families will be repatriated in the months to come Iraqi National Security Advisor, Qassem al-Araji, said on 9 March that his country had repatriated hundreds of families who were either associated or suspected to have been linked to ISIS during the group’s 2014…

Iranian Delegation Meets Kurdish Officials in Erbil

The Cradle This marks the first diplomatic meeting between Iran and the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government following an IRGC strike on a Mossad compound in Erbil An Iranian delegation traveled to Erbil, Iraq on 10 April to meet with several high-ranking Kurdish officials. The delegation met with Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party leader Massoud Barzani,…