Iraqi opposition leader Hadi al-Amiri rejects parliamentary election results

Hadi al-Amiri, one of the most powerful pro-Iranian figures in Iraq, has rejected the results of Iraq’s elections as “fabricated”, according to the Baghdad-based pro-Iranian TV channel al-Aahd. “We will not accept these fabricated results, whatever the cost,” the channel cited him as saying on Tuesday on its Telegram messaging account. Iran-backed parties with links… Read More Iraqi opposition leader Hadi al-Amiri rejects parliamentary election results

Party of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wins Iraqi parliamentary election

Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s party was the biggest winner in an Iraqi election on Monday, increasing the number of seats he holds in parliament, according to initial results, officials and a spokesperson for the Sadrist Movement. Former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki looked set to have the next largest win among Shi’ite parties, initial results… Read More Party of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wins Iraqi parliamentary election

Iraqi PM Mustafa al-Kadhemi meets with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi became the first foreign leader on Sunday to visit and meet with Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi since the hardliner took office in August. Iraq has been trying to mediate between Tehran and its Gulf Arab foes, including Saudi Arabia, in the hope of stopping its neighbours settling scores on its… Read More Iraqi PM Mustafa al-Kadhemi meets with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

U.S. President Joe Biden seals agreement with Iraqi PM Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to end U.S. combat mission in Iraq

U.S. President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi sealed an agreement on Monday formally ending the U.S. combat mission in Iraq by the end of 2021, but U.S. forces will still operate there in an advisory role. The agreement comes at a politically delicate time for the Iraqi government and could be a… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden seals agreement with Iraqi PM Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to end U.S. combat mission in Iraq

Iraq postpones its general election to October 10

Iraq’s cabinet decided on Tuesday to postpone the general election to October 10 from June, the state news agency INA said. The government last year set a general election for June 6, 2021, roughly a year ahead of when it would normally be held, but Iraq’s Independent High Election Commission (IHEC) on Monday proposed it… Read More Iraq postpones its general election to October 10