Macron is also expected to meet Nechirvan Barzani, president of the semi-autonomous northern Kurdish region.
Hatamai underlined the need for defense cooperation between Baghdad and Tehran to restore security and stability in the region.
Two leading Senate Democrats are calling on President Donald Trump to declassify the formal notification given to Congress regarding the US drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani.
It’s not publicly known what exactly is in the formal notification, though such messages to Congress typically explain legal justification for military action.
In an extraordinary session, the lawmakers voted with majority in favor of passing a law requiring the government to cancel the request for assistance from the international coalition to fight Islamic State (IS) group due to the end of military operations and war in Iraq.
NATO ambassadors will gather on Monday in Brussels for an urgent meeting convened by the head of the military alliance to discuss the situation in the Middle East after a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad killed a top Iranian general, a NATO official said.
Parliamentary resolutions are nonbinding to the government, but Abdul-Mahdi had earlier urged parliament to take urgent measures and end the presence of foreign troops as soon as possible.
The Iraqi army told Reuters that airstrikes targeting Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces – an umbrella grouping of Iran-backed Shia militias – struck near Taji, north of Baghdad, killing six people and critically wounded three, an Iraqi army source said late on Friday. A US official denied that the attack was carried out by the Americans.
A new United States air strike targetted an Iraqi militia late on Taji road north of Baghdad on Saturday, Australian time, state TV said. It did not name the militia or provide further details.
Futures for Brent crude, a global benchmark, jumped 2.9% to $68.16 per barrel during Asian trading hours on Friday. US oil futures gained 2.8%, reaching $62.86 per barrel. That puts both on pace right now for their biggest daily gains in about a month, according to Refinitiv data.
Incredible overconfidence and sloppiness.
Die Tötung des Generals wurde in der Nacht von den iranischen Revolutionsgarden bestätigt. Soleimani war Chef der iranischen Al-Kuds-Einheit, einer Division der iranischen Revolutionsgarden, die Spezialeinsätze außerhalb des Iran durchführt. Sarif bezeichnete den Raketenangriff als „extrem gefährliche“ und „dumme Eskalation“.
Fears of a major war in the Middle East exploded Thursday night with the U.S. assassination of arguably the second most powerful man in Iran.
A U.S. airstrike killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad late Thursday, the Pentagon said, a dramatic escalation of tensions between the two countries that could lead to widespread violence in the region and beyond.
Later, security sources told local media a strike hit two vehicles, killing Mohammed Redha, a senior member of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units — an umbrella group that includes Iran-backed Shiite militias with close ties to Iran and other militias that have fought the Islamic State group since 2014.
Due to militia attacks at the U.S. Embassy compound, all public consular operations are suspended until further notice. All future appointments are cancelled. U.S. citizens are advised to not approach the Embassy. The U.S. Consulate General in Erbil is open for visa and American Citizen Services appointments.
Iraqi security forces have regained control of the area around the US Embassy in Baghdad after the compound was rocked by a second day of mass protests.
Earlier Wednesday security personnel fired tear gas and rubber bullets at hundreds of protesters — some of whom were seen trying to climb the building’s walls — eyewitnesses told CNN.
Five thousand U.S. troops are already stationed in Iraq assisting the country’s security forces. U.S. forces in the region number around 60,000 troops.
„At the direction of the Commander in Chief @POTUS, I have authorized the deployment of an infantry battalion from the Immediate Response Force (IRF) of the @82ndABNDiv to the @CENTCOM area of operations in response to recent events in Iraq,“ Esper tweeted.
Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor reacts to U.S. airstrikes on Iran-backed militia.
The angry demonstrations at the American embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday are just the latest installment in a deepening confrontation between the US and Iran for influence in Iraq.
It’s a struggle that dates back to the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003 and the emergence of a Shia-dominated state in Iraq. But in light of the Trump administration’s campaign of maximum economic pressure against Iran, it has reached a new and potentially dangerous pitch.
“We are sending additional forces to support our personnel at the embassy,” U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced Tuesday.
President Trump made a brief stop at his golf course in West Palm Beach, Fla., in the morning, leaving after less than an hour.
Der irakischen Regierung sei offiziell übermittelt worden, dass sie ihre Truppen zum Schutz der US-Botschaft einsetzen müsse.
US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo machte in Telefonaten mit der irakischen Führung deutlich, dass die US-Regierung ihre Bürger im Irak „schützen und verteidigen“ werde, erklärte eine Sprecherin des Ministeriums.
Trump defended the decision to target the Iranian-backed militia Kataib Hezbollah with airstrikes over the weekend, saying that attacks by the militia had led to the death of an American contractor.
„Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many. We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible,“ Trump tweeted. „In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!“
US embassy staff and the US ambassador in Baghdad have been evacuated, according to two Iraqi Foreign Ministry Officials, as hundreds of Iraqi protesters swam the embassy compound.
The protesters raised flags of the powerful paramilitary group of Hashd Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), which Kataeb Hezbollah is part of, and several people climbed over the wall of the embassy and chanted „death to America“ and „no, no America“, witnesses said.
Tuesday’s attempted embassy storming took place after mourners held funerals for the fighters killed in a Baghdad neighbourhood, after which they marched on to the heavily fortified Green Zone and kept walking till they reached the embassy.
Pence soll von der Basis aus auch mit dem irakischen Ministerpräsidenten Adel Abdel-Mahdi telefoniert haben. Ein Besuch in Bagdad für ein persönliches Treffen soll aus Sicherheitsgründen nicht in Frage gekommen sein, sagte ein hochrangiger US-Regierungsmitarbeiter nach Angaben mitreisender Reporter. Bei dem Gespräch ging es demnach unter anderem um die Massendemonstrationen gegen die irakische Regierung.
The governor of the Iraqi capital province of Baghdad, Fallah al-Jazairi, has stepped down in the wake of demonstrations against corruption, unemployment and poor public services in the country.
On Sunday, members of the Provincial Council voted in favor of accepting Jazairi’s resignation, and he quit his post.
A number of protesters and security personnel have been killed as a result of the provocations.
On Friday, Iraqi police said in a statement that “unidentified snipers” killed two security forces and two civilians across the capital Baghdad earlier in the day.
Arab media outlets and observes have published reports revealing that the US seeks to drive recent anti-corruption protests in Iraq into chaos in a bid to install a pro-US regime.
Im Rahmen dieses Mandats fliegen deutsche Tornados Aufklärungsflüge über dem Irak und Syrien, die irakischen Streitkräfte werden von Bundeswehrsoldaten außerhalb von Bagdad für unterschiedliche Aufgaben ausgebildet.
Das müsse weitergehen, hörte Maas heute in seinen Gesprächen in Bagdad. Das müsse weitergehen, sagen seit Monaten auch die Amerikaner.
Schon Tage bevor im September 2014 die Internationale Kriegskoalition auf dem N.A.T.O.-Gipfel in Wales vom U.S.-Imperium gegründet wurde, fragte Radio Utopie,
„mit welcher schwachsinnigen Ausrede nun die N.A.T.O. den am 4. Oktober 2001 ausgerufenen „kollektiven Verteidigungsfall“ aufrechterhalten will. Eine Option: Noch mehr Eroberungen islamischer Staaten, wegen dem „Islamischen Staat“.“
Der heutige Besuch Trumps auf dem Gipfel der „Organisation des Nordatlantikvertrages“ (N.A.T.O.) mit allen 27 Führerinnen und Führern der Mitgliedstaaten läutet nun den offiziellen Beitritt der N.A.T.O. in die Internationale Kriegskoalition von Saudi-Arabien bis Singapur ein.
The heavily guarded compound was already on a heightened state of alert after nonemergency personnel there and at the United States Consulate in the northern city of Erbil were ordered last week to leave.
The order came after the Trump administration announced that new intelligence indicated a heightened risk that Iranian forces or proxies were considering an imminent attack on American forces or interests in the Persian Gulf or Iraq.
The US Secretary of State is reportedly expected to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi.
Earlier Mike Pompeo was slated to meet with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, as well as German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas for talks in Berlin.
General Taghizadeh traf sich zudem getrennt mit dem Vorsitzenden des irakischen Verteidigungsministeriums.
Seit 2015 arbeiten Iran und Irak gemeinsam mit Syrien und Russland in Form eines Informationszentrums mit Sitz in Bagdad zusammen…