Contents tagged with Iraq

  • Russia promises Iraq $20 billion in investments

    Russia could dramatically increase its investments in the Iraqi economy, said Yury Fedorov, First Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council Foreign Policy Committee, during a meeting on Monday with Iraqi Ambassador to Russia Abdul Rahman Hamid Al-Husseini.

    According to Fedorov, Russian oil and gas companies are showing an interest in Iraq, and could invest up to $20 billion in hydrocarbon extraction projects in the country.

    “Currently active in your country are Lukoil, Bashneft, and …

  • Ukraine willing to send 20 soldiers to Iraq for NATO mission

    Ukraine has informed NATO that it is willing to partner with the alliance in Iraq, Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Dmytro Kuleba said during a meeting with NATO Assistant Secretary General for Operations John Manza at the NATO headquarters.

    “I informed the assistant secretary general that Ukraine has a plan to send 20 soldiers to support the NATO mission in Iraq once the alliance resumes its operation. The invitation to become an operation partner for …

  • Iraq resumes negotiations on purchase of Russian S-300 aerial defense systems

    Iraq has resumed its talks with Russia on the purchase of Russian S-300 anti-air systems, RIA Novosti reports, citing Mohammed Ridha, head of Iraq’s parliamentary defense and security committee.

    According to the Iraqi MP, negotiations should have been resumed a long time ago, and the systems should have been purchased already. Ridha noted that he does not know exactly which stage the talks are currently at, but they have definitely been approved by the Iraqi government. However, he said that …

  • After Iran's attack on U.S. bases in Iraq unidentified warplanes attacked pro-Iranian forces in Syria

    On Friday, January 10, Unidentified aircraft attacked pro-Iranian militia positions near the Syrian town of Abu Kamal in Deir Ezzor province on the border with Iraq, reported the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). No information has yet been received on the extent of the damage. The Arab press has already rushed to blame Israel for the raid.

    According to the Lebanese television channel Al-Mayadeen, affiliated with Hezbollah, a truck carrying weapons was attacked. SOHR, in …

  • Iran accuses US of trying to disrupt joint military exercises with Russia and China

    Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said that the US tried to disrupt joint naval exercises of Iran, Russia, and China, reports Tasnim news agency.

    "During the joint naval exercises of Iran, Russia, and China, the Americans and their allies held an emergency meeting to disrupt our exercises with our two allies," said Khanzadi. He noted that the participants of the military drills conducted diversionary maneuvers, which did not allow the Americans to implement their plan. …

  • Kremlin: US did not inform Russia about its airstrikes in Syria and Iraq

    During a press conference with journalists, the Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the US did not inform Russia about its strikes on several targets in Syria and Iraq over the weekend.

    "No, [Washington did not inform Moscow about this]," said Peskov.

    Speaking about the attacks of the US army, Peskov noted that "any actions aimed at eliminating terrorists are assessed positively. On the other hand, any actions that lead to the destabilization of the situation in …

  • US troops enter northeastern Syrian from Iraq

    A convoy of U.S. troops entered Syrian Al-Hasakah Governorate from Iraqi territory, reported the Syrian government news agency SANA.

    According to the SANA, the U.S. military entered the territory of Syria from Iraq through al-Waleed border crossing.

    SANA reports that the convoy included dozens of soldiers and military equipment and was accompanied by helicopters.

    On October 25, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that the United States will send additional troops to Syria to protect the …

  • Unidentified warplanes strike pro-Iranian militia on Iraqi-Syrian border again

    A military base of a pro-Iranian Shiite group in the Iraqi al-Anbar province on the border with Syria was attacked on Sunday by an unidentified aircraft or a combat drone, reports the Lebanese TV channel Al-Mayadeen.

    The camp of the al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) militants, many of whom were trained at the training bases of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in Iran, was reportedly hit by an the airstrike.

    According to the TV channel, a military camp near the town of Al- …

  • Israel strikes Iranian forces in Iraq and Syria

    On 19 July, Israel attacked the Ashraf military base in Iraq, 80 kilometers from the Iran-Iraq border, reported the London-based news outlet Asharq Al-Awsat, citing diplomatic sources.

    According to the newspaper, the target of the Israeli F-35 of was an arsenal of ballistic missiles which were delivered from Iran. Several Iranian military advisers were killed in the attack.

    Al-Arabiya TV also claimed earlier that the base contained Iranian-made ballistic missiles, which were delivered here in …

  • Iraq to buy S-400 missile systems from Russia

    Iraq intends to buy S-400 anti-air missile systems from Russia, announced Iraqi Ambassador to Russia Mansour Hadi on 15 May at a press conference, DW reports.

    The decision was made during a session of the Russian-Iraqi Commission for Trade, Economic and Scientific Cooperation held in Baghdad on 23-25 April.

    Hadi noted that, although the Iraqi government has stated its intention to purchase S-400s, no concrete agreements have yet been reached with Russia.

    This step by the Iraqi government …