Thursday, June 20, 2024

Iraq

In US foreign policy, realists are finally on the rise

During the autumn of 2020, the United States lost one of its most brilliant, incisive, yet unheralded thinkers in Sherle R. Schwenninger.One of Schwenninger’s...

Why the fall of Afghanistan sllows Iran to expand its influence

Since 2020, the United States has been working to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. The Americans' announcement emboldened the Taliban, who recently took control...

With the AUKUS pact, the US has opted to snub some of its European partners

In the nearly nine months since he took office, it has become apparent that the US and European Union will not immediately experience a...

On 9/11, it’s time for a reckoning and reflection of decades of failed US national security policy

A reckoning with America’s failed national security policy is long overdue.Our calamitous misadventures in the Middle East and the global financial collapse of 2008...

TotalEnergies inks major energy deals in Iraq

TotalEnergies, the Iraqi Ministries for oil and electricity, and the country's National Investment Commission have signed, in the presence of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa...

What next after 20 years of war in Afghanistan? Anatol Lieven on the U.S.’ legacy and the Taliban’s rise

On August 30, 2021, a C-17 transport plane took off from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, signaling the end of America’s longest war....

Europe willingly forfeited a leadership role in Afghanistan

If Winston Churchill were alive today, I imagine he might have said something like “Never in the history of human conflict have so few...

France has a generals problem: Why there’s a fray in civilian-military relations

The sensitive question of civilian control of the armed forces is one which Western democracies like the United States and France must continue to...

Making sense of the Italy-UAE rift

Earlier this month the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ordered the withdrawal of all Italian aircraft and personnel from its Al Minhad Air Force Base...

When the “New Middle East” meets the “New Europe”

Middle Eastern experts have commented widely on the “new” foreign policy of the United Arab Emirates. Many of these same commentators have gone so...

From Vienna to Tripoli, the Muslim Brotherhood’s impact is felt on both sides of the Mediterranean

Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has recently undertaken a number of legislative initiatives that target Islamist groups and movements, which are active within the country,...

A broken migration system

Turkey and Greece are both transit countries for migrants on their way to Germany and wealthy destinations in northern Europe. Migrants are resilient. Many...

Iran’s election is about succession

Change will not come after Iran’s next presidential election on June 18. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will remain the supreme decision-maker both before...

Turkey: A state sponsor of terrorism?

Turkey functions like a state-sponsor of terrorism (SST), fueling Islamist extremism domestically and deploying jihadist mercenaries to Syria, Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh. Listing Turkey as...

Is Turkey undermining the Washington Agreement?

In a deal brokered during the closing months of the presidency of Donald Trump, Kosovo and Israel agreed to establish diplomatic relations as part...

Pope Francis condemns Myanmar junta ahead of landmark visit to Iraq

Pope Francis on Wednesday reiterated his call on Myanmar's military junta to release all political prisoners and allow the country to continue its journey...

In time of pandemic, OPEC+ stands pat, sees oil rebound this year

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies led by Russia, a group known as OPEC+, reportedly maintained its oil output policy at...

UK court blocks WikiLeaks founder Assange’s extradition to US

WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the US to face espionage charges due to concerns over his mental health and risk of...

Crude oil price rally may face supply side pressure in early 2021

Oil traders are optimistic the start of the deployment of vaccines means that an end to the worst economic ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic...

OPEC+ likely to extend oil cuts seeing slow fuel demand recovery from vaccines

Oil prices climbed to their highest in more than eight months on November 25 fuelled by continuing hopes that energy demand will recover once...

Russia, Saudi Arabia eye COVID-19 oil cut to hike prices

Russia and OPEC-kingpin Saudi Arabia are reportedly mulling to delay an increase in oil production in January, maintaining an output cut aimed to raise...

Too much supply, too little demand, OPEC+ wants production cuts

Fearing slow oil demand recovery, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies, a group known as OPEC+, during a meeting on...

Oil reflux: OPEC+ pumps up volume after COVID-19 cutback

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its oil producing allies led by Russia, a group known as OPEC+, reportedly agreed on...

US deploys Patriot missiles to Iraq, angering Iran

Iran warned the United States it is leading the Middle East to disaster amid the coronavirus pandemic, after reports that Patriot air defence missiles...

Locked down, without answers

Most European governments are turning to increasingly harsh lockdowns to confront the coronavirus pandemic. They did so in the wake of watching Italy’s attempt...

France pulls out military forces in Iraq

France announced on Wednesday that it is pulling out its military forces from Iraq to help fight the coronavirus at home. The chief of staff...

US places ISIS head al-Mawli on terror list

The United States on Tuesday put the new leader of the Islamic State group, Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli, on its terror list. The United...

Iraq names new US-backed PM as rockets hit base hosting foreign troops

Iraq's president Barham Salih has appointed on Tuesday Adnan Zurfi, a pro-Western lawmaker and former governor of the holy Shia city of Najaf, as...

US launches airstrikes against Iran-backed militias after deadly attacks

The United States launched a series of air strikes on Thursday against an Iran-backed Shia militia in Iraq that it blamed for a major...

Iraq's PM-designate Allawi withdraws from race

Mohammed Allawi, the designated candidate to be Iraq's new prime minister, has announced his withdrawal, hours after parliament adjourned a session to approve his...

NATO to expand training mission in Iraq

NATO agreed to expand the Western alliance’s training mission in Iraq. The move comes amid United States' calls do more in the Middle East. Last...

Coronavirus hits oil too, worries plunge prices

Oil prices fell more than 2% on 3 February, as traders were concerned over demand in China following the deadly coronavirus breakout but prices...

Leaked recording shows Iran knew it shot down Ukrainian plane

Iran’s government knew their military had shot down a passenger jet and lied about it for days, Ukraine said Sunday. A leaked audio recording surfaced...

Iraqi protesters reject new PM-designate

After two months of political stalemate, Iraqi former communications minister Mohammed Allawi was named prime minister-designate by the country’s president Barham Salih. Allawi, 66,...

US embassy in Iraq hit by rocket attack

At least one person was injured when the United States’ embassy in Iraq’s capital, Bagdhad, was hit by three rockets on Sunday. There was...

IEA: Global oil supply tumbles in December

Global oil supply tumbled 780,000 barrels per day in December as biofuels production declined seasonally and Saudi Arabia reduced output, the International Energy Agency...

US military says 11 troops were injured in Iranian strike

The United States' Central Command said that 11 American soldiers were injured last week when Iran fired dozens of missiles on two bases in...

EU vows to try to save nuke deal as Iran steps away after Soleimani killing

The European Union said it will "spare no efforts” to keep the 2015 nuclear deal preventing Iran from developing atomic weapons. The head of the...

Trump says Iran is ‘standing down’ after strike

Speaking from the White House, US President Donald Trump has said Iran "appears to be standing down" after it fired missiles at air bases...

Kazakhstan airlines divert flights over Iran and Iraq airspace

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Two Kazakh airlines, Air Astana and SCAT, decided to change routes in connection with the situation in Iran, the press services...

Iran attacks bases in Iraq housing US troops

Iran has launched more than a dozen missiles at multiple Iraqi bases hosting US and coalition troops, Pentagon officials confirmed. The move is seen as...

Chevron pulls staff from northern Iraq over security concerns

Following the killing of Iranian Quds Force leader , US oil giant Chevron said on 6 January the company removed its expatriate staff operating...

Oil price jump: an inevitable knee-jerk reaction to the killing of Soleimani

Oil prices spiked on 3 January on news that Qassem Suleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force and architect of its growing military influence...

Iran’s top commander Soleimani killed in US drone strike

Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force and the mastermind behind the Islamic Republic’s military and foreign policy in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon,...

Slower global economic growth can lead to lower oil and gas prices in 2019

Oil prices are unlikely to rise significantly this year because of fears of an oil supply glut caused by over production and reduced oil...

Putin voices support for OPEC, sees no need to cut production

Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly said on November 15 that Moscow is committed to continuing its cooperation with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries...

Saudi Arabia, Russia may extend OPEC, non-OPEC oil output deal

Plans of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other supplies, especially Russia, to possibly continue curbing oil production for the rest...

Saudi Arabia, Putin’s Russia lead OPEC oil output cut extension deal through end of 2018

In an effort to boost oil prices, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC members, including Russia, reached an agreement on November...

Iraqi-Kurdish battles send oil prices gushing, retreating

Oil prices surged from October 13 through October 18 as fighting between Iraqi and Kurdish forces intensified, threatening supplies from northern Iraq, while markets...

ISIL’s cross-border oil smuggling days are over

BRATISLAVA – ISIL’s ability to smuggle oil across the Iraqi border and finance its jihadist activities from oil revenue has almost stopped, a German...

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