A year without Soleimani: Will Iran retreat regionally?

Iran had a difficult 2020. The year began with the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and architect of Iran’s regional power projection. Two months later, the country announced its first cases of the novel coronavirus which threw the healthcare sector and the economy […]

Iraqi court orders Trump arrest over Soleimani drone strike

US President Trump ordered drone strike that killed top Soleimani and al-Muhandis in Baghdad last January. A Baghdad court has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump as part of its investigation into the killing of top Iraqi paramilitary commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis last year. Al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of the Popular Mobilisation Forces […]

Iraqis demand US troops pull out on Soleimani killing anniversary

Thousands of Iraqi mourners have condemned the “American occupiers”, a year after a United States drone strike killed Iran’s revered general Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The anniversary of their deaths in Baghdad – which brought arch enemies the US and Iran to the brink of war – was also marked […]

Thousands march in Baghdad on Soleimani assassination anniversary

Mourners hold a mock funeral procession on the highway leading to city’s airport where the January 3, 2020 strike took place. A mock funeral procession in Iraq marked the first anniversary of the drone strike near Baghdad by the United States that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. […]

Iran warns US against escalation a year after Soleimani’s killing

Tehran, Iran – Iran has told world powers it wishes to avoid conflict but a recent show of force by the United States military in the region could escalate tensions, ahead of the first anniversary of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani’s assassination. In a letter to the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, Iran condemned […]

Iran implicates UK firm, US base in Germany in Soleimani killing

Tehran, Iran – An Iranian prosecutor has said a British security firm and an airbase in Germany had a hand in the assassination of Qassem Soleimani almost one year after the top general was assassinated by the United States in Iraq. The allegations come amid mounting tensions between the two countries, as Iran’s Foreign Minister […]

Trump warns Iran after rocket attack on US embassy in Baghdad

United States President Donald Trump has blamed Iran for a rocket attack on the US embassy in Baghdad and threatened a military response if any Americans are killed. In Sunday’s attack, a volley of rockets hit the US embassy in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, Iraq’s military said, sparking fears of renewed unrest. An Iraqi […]

US ‘withdrawing some Baghdad embassy staff’ amid regional tension

Media reports suggest drawdown to continue until after anniversary of the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Erbil, Kurdistan Region Iraq – The United States embassy in Baghdad is withdrawing some of its staff ahead of the first anniversary of the US killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in the Iraqi capital, according to […]