Tracking the Flow of Stolen Syrian Oil into Iraq

The Cradle’s Iraq Correspondent The US military and its Kurdish allies steal 80 percent of Syria’s daily oil production and smuggle it into Iraq for distribution While the US role in looting Syria’s resources is well-documented, less is known about the complicity of Iraq’s Kurdistan region in its transportation and distribution Although the porous Iraqi-Syrian border…

IRGC Launches New Artillery Attack on Iraqi Kurdistan Region

The Cradle Tehran claims “terrorist groups” in the Kurdistan region of Iraq are implicated in the ongoing unrest in the country Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shelled positions in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) on the morning of 26 September. This is the second attack on the region by the IRGC in the span of two…

Iraq Slides Ever Closer to Chaos and the Abyss

Viktor Mikhin Ayed al-Hilali, one of the leaders of the Coordination Framework Alliance (CFA), in an interview with Shafak News, said his supporters were determined to form a new government in Iraq. He categorically rejected Imam Muqtada al-Sadr’s call for the current Prime Minister Mustafa al-Qazimi and his cabinet to retain the authority to oversee…

Mustafa Al-Kadhimi: The Iraqi PM Who Did Nothing

Abdullah Musawi Following his meteoric rise in Iraqi politics, what has been the legacy of Mustafa al-Kadhimi, and whose interests did he really serve? Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has been in office for more than two years, a full year longer than his predecessor, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, who stepped down after civil unrest swept the country…

Water Crisis in Iraq’s Kurdish Region Strains Food Security

Alessandra Bajec Latif Karim Ismael, 75, in his once-vibrant agricultural field in Chaqlawa in Iraqi Kurdistan / credit: Alessandra Bajec SULAYMANIYAH, Iraqi Kurdistan—Standing outside his home in Chaqlawa village, a half-hour drive from the city of Sulaymaniyah, Latif Karim Ismael, wearing black baggy trousers and a light-blue shirt, greeted us and hinted we sit in…

For 18 Months, as ISIS Advanced, the US Did Nothing to Stop Them

William Van Wagenen Collusion with terror: For 18 months, until the Russian Air Force entered Syrian skies, the US did absolutely nothing to stop ISIS from taking over swathes of Syria and Iraq In 2017, US and allied Kurdish forces bombarded the city of Raqqa, the bastion of ISIS in Syria and the de-facto capital of…

The Rise and Fall of Muqtada al-Sadr … Again

The Cradle’s Iraq Correspondent While Muqtada al-Sadr may be this week’s biggest loser in Iraq, the country’s battle for influence is still in full swing On Monday at noon, Kazem al-Haeri, a prominent Shia authority (marjaa) in Iraq – particularly among supporters of firebrand cleric Mustafa al-Sadr – announced his retirement and urged all ‘believers’ to…

Dozens Dead in Iraqi Capital as Rockets Pummel Green Zone

The Cradle Members of Al-Sadr’s Saraya al-Salam brigades during clashes with the Iraqi security forces near the Green Zone, in Baghdad, Iraq 30 August, 2022. (Photo credit: REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani Local sources in Baghdad have described the clashes between Sadrist armed groups and security forces as ‘uncontrollable’ At least 30 people have died and 380 others…

Iraq: Political Chaos in Full Swing

Viktor Mikhin For the past month, there have been bitter political disputes in Iraq that have divided and polarized different communities, making it impossible to elect representatives to the country’s highest bodies. These divisions have deeply engrained themselves into the different strata of the society through social media, creating disputes and barriers not only between…

Rival Iraqi Factions Deploy Fighters to Green Zone as Unrest Grows

The Cradle Popular Mobilization Unit fighters march during a parade marking the annual Quds Day, Baghdad June 2017. (Photo credit: AFP) PMU leaders are moving to confront any escalation from Muqtada al-Sadr, who has reportedly deployed hundreds of armed fighters to support the siege of state institutions Nearly one year into Iraq’s latest political crisis,…

Weaponization of Water: Turkey Flexes its Muscles Over Syria and Iraq

Erman Çete The Euphrates, West Asia’s longest river, is the source of current and future conflicts between Turkey and its neighbors as Ankara strives to project power in the region On 27 October 2021, China’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Geng Shuang made an unexpected statement about Turkey and its role in Syria at a…

Muqtada al-Sadr’s Drive to Criminalize Iraq-Israel Relations Kills Two Birds with One Stone

The Cradle’s Iraq Correspondent Iraq’s legal offensive to criminalize normalization with Israel was praised across the region, however amidst a domestic political stalemate, there are ulterior motives at play Before Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr announced his June withdrawal from Iraq’s stagnant political process which swept Baghdad into its ensuing chaos, he insisted on passing a law…