Tag Archive for Iraq

EXPOSED: Israeli intel firm reveals secret Iranian underground armory

The construction of an Iranian underground missiles warehouse on the Iraq-Syria border has been identified via satellite imagery by an independent Israeli intelligence company.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Iran is building a tunnel to store missiles in eastern Syria, near the border with Iraq, according to satellite imagery revealed by Israeli intelligence company “ImageSat” on Tuesday.

Israeli intel firm ImageSat Intl. reveals secret Iranian underground armory. – Photo: Twitter @ImageSat Intl.

According to the report released by the company, the tunnel is being used to store missiles and long-range weapons and is located at Imam Ali Air Force Base.

The tunnel is estimated to be approximately 121 meters long, 4.5 meters wide and 4 meters deep. Continue Reading »

Following attacks, Iraqi Prime Minister accuses Israel of wanting war

After a half-dozen IDF attacks on Iranian targets in Iraq with officials blaming it on anything except the ‘Zionist entity’, an Iraqi official has accused Israel of ‘hostile activity on its soil’ for the first time since the Israeli airstrike on Iraq’s nuclear reactor in June 1981.

By Edy Cohen

 

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abd al-Mehdi said that Israel was behind recent attacks on targets in his country. This came after the Iraqi Interior Ministry investigated the incident and determined that the Jewish state had been involved in at least half-a-dozen such strikes.

This marked the first time that an Iraqi official has accused Israel of hostile activity on its soil since the Israeli strike on Iraq’s nuclear reactor in June 1981. Continue Reading »

ANOTHER strike on Iranian controlled crossing in Syria days before opening

Having witnessed repeated military opposition to Iran’s presence in Syria and Iraq, Iran has defiantly increased its presence and maintains the transfer of precision missile technology to Hezbollah, leaving PM Netanyahu to say, “Iran has no immunity, anywhere.”

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN

 

Syrian air defenses responded to an alleged airstrike on the Iraq-Syrian border town of Albukamal just after midnight on Saturday. It is the latest of several airstrikes reported in the same vicinity that are alleged to have struck Iranian-backed groups or bases linked to Iran. Albukamal is a key strategic crossing between Iraq and Syria and could be conduit for weapons trafficking from Iranian-backed groups to Hezbollah or the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Saudi, Israeli forces attack pro-Iran Quds force on Syria/Iraq border

An unnamed source to the Independent in Arabic writes, “Saudi fighter jets have been spotted along with other fighter jets, that have attacked facilities and positions belonging to Iranian militias.”

By TZVI JOFFRE

 

Both Israel and Saudi Arabia have been blamed for recent air strikes targeting pro-Iranian militias in the Albukamal area of Syria near the border with Iraq, according to Arab media. The attacks resulted in a number of deaths and injuries and the destruction of weapon storage facilities and rocket launchers.

“Saudi fighter jets have been spotted along with other fighter jets that have attacked facilities and positions belonging to Iranian militias,” said an unnamed source to the Independent in Arabic. Continue Reading »

Israel suspected of airstrikes on Iranian militia near Iraq-Syria border

Arab media outlets reports “Unidentified warplanes” struck installations belonging to the Popular Mobilization Unit, an Iranian proxy Shiite militia in the Al Bukamal region of eastern Syria early this morning; one Iraqi news channel accuses Israel of being behind the attacks.

By i24NEWS, Israel Hayom Staff

 

“Unidentified warplanes” struck Shiite militia targets in the Al Bukamal region of eastern Syria early Tuesday morning, Arab media outlets reported.

According to the reports, the airstrikes were carried out near the Iraqi border and targeted the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Units.

One Iraqi news channel pointed to Israel as the perpetrator of one of the attacks. Continue Reading »

Report: U.S., Russia gave Israel ‘green light’ to strike Iran in Iraq

A London-based Arabic-language daily reports Israel attacked positions of Iran-backed militias and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ missile warehouses after Israel reached an agreement with both Moscow and Washington.

By Daniel Salami

 

Israel has attacked Iranian targets in Iraq at least three times in the past few weeks as part of “understandings” reached with the United States and Russia, the London-based, Arabic-language Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported Wednesday.

According to the report, which cites Western diplomatic sources, the strikes targeted missile warehouses of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. It was one of a series of explosions in recent weeks at weapons depots, bases or positions belonging to Iran-backed military groups in the country. Continue Reading »

4th Massive Explosion rocks Iranian-backed paramilitary base in Iraq

This fourth destructive incident follows similar ‘unexplained’ massive explosions that have targeted weapons depots belonging to Iranian-backed Shi’ite forces outside Iraq’s capital in recent weeks.

By i24NEWS

 

An explosion has rocked a Iranian-backed Shi’ite paramilitary base in northern Iraq, according to local reports.

It remains unclear if the explosion, located near near the Balad air base in Salaheddin province, was the result of a targeted attack or merely an accident.

Plumes of smoke rise after an explosion, just one in a recent series, at a military base southwest of Baghdad, Iraq – Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. – AP Photo/Loay Hameed.jpg

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Iraqi MP: ‘Israel & Iraq share interests. Time to establish diplomatic ties with Israel’

The Iraqi leader of the Ummah Party further criticized the Arab World for not admitting ISIS is an Arab/Islamic creation, berating his colleagues for blaming its creation on Israel & the West.

By JPOST.COM STAFF

 

In an interview with Kuwait’s daily newspaper al-Rai from earlier this month, Iraqi MP and leader of the Ummah Party, Mithal al-Alusi, called on Iraq to establish ties with Israel and expressed hope to see an Iraqi embassy in Israel at some point in the near future.

Iraqi MP Mithal al-Alusi – Photo: REUTERS

The outspoken al-Alusi, who has previously visited Israel a number of times, referred to diplomatic relations with Israel as “our [Iraqi] interest,” and added that he does not want Baghdad’s interests to be solely to “Abu Mazen,” the name by which Mahmoud Abbas is commonly referred to in the Arab World.

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Israeli aid group providing humanitarian support for Iraqi refugees

Christian, Yazidi & Kurdish refugees have been receiving humanitarian assistance from IsraAid, which will soon begin providing a schooling framework.
• Shachar Zahavi, founding director of IsraAid: ‘Our primary goal now is to help the children.’

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IsraAID in Iraq Delivering Emergency Relief to Kurds

Tikon Olam: As winter misery intensifies, an Israeli Aid Agency is providing desperately-needed supplies to refugees (mostly Kurds) from ISIS’s onslaught, including baby milk & warm blankets.

By Ari Soffer

 

Israeli humanitarian workers have joined the effort to provide desperately-needed supplies to displaced victims of the brutal Islamic State terrorist group in northern Iraq and Syria.

IsraAID supplied beds, blankets, and food to over 1,000 families in the Kurdish city of Duhok, in northern Iraq. The Israeli aid agency worked with Canadian ONEXONE to deliver a convoy to a 14,000-strong refugee camp carrying 2,000 blankets and mattresses, as well as enough powdered milk for all the 1,015 babies under one year of age. Continue Reading »

Tug-of-war over American commitment to return Jewish archives to Iraq

 

Iraqi Jews claim materials were forcibly taken from them & should be returned to owners or descendants….not Iraq.

By Reuters

 

 

Jewish books and documents found by U.S. soldiers in the flooded headquarters of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and sent to the United States for restoration have touched off a dispute between Baghdad and Iraqi Jews who fled the country.

A Passover Haggadah from Vienna, 1930

A Passover Haggadah from Vienna, 1930 is pictured after treatment in this undated handout photo from the National Archives obtained by Reuters November 26, 2013.- Photo: Reuters

After a $3 million restoration, the collection has been put on display at the Washington-based National Archives. Continue Reading »

Baghdad warns Israel not to use its airspace to attack Iran

Iraqi minister says the gov’t has informed Israel that “if they violate Iraqi airspace, they will have to bear the consequences”.

Washington has assured Baghdad that Israel won’t use airspace to attack nuclear facilities.

By JPOST.COM STAFF

 

 

Baghdad has warned Israel against violating its airspace in order to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, Hussein al-Shahristani, Iraq’s deputy prime minister responsible for energy affairs told AFP on Monday.

F-16i Sufa

Shahrishtani said that the US had already assured Iraqi officials that it would not use Iraqi airspace in order to attack Iran.

“The (Americans) have assured us that they will never violate Iraqi airspace or Iraqi sovereignty by using our airspace to attack any of our neighbors,” Shahristani told AFP.

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Israel + Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates & Jordan share intel

UK newspaper reports Israel agrees ‘4+1’, a joint effort with ‘regional powers’ to counter Iran’s “fundamentalist crescent” of Iran, Iraq, Syria & Hezbollah.

By JPOST.COM STAFF

 

Israel has been working toward a cooperative agreement in compliance with Turkey and three Arab states to implement an allied system of detection technologies to defend against Iranian ballistic projectiles, British newspaper The Sunday Times reported.

Iranian ballisitic missile launched at war game.

Iranian Fateh-110 ballistic missile launched at war game. – Photo: Ho New / Reuters

The initiative, termed “4+1”, reportedly proposes joint efforts to be taken by Israel along with Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan to share access to radar and anti-missile technologies, according to the Times.

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Report: Iranians fall for ‘Pepsi in the moon’ hoax

Thousands of Iranians fall prey to Internet rumors that Pepsi will shoot laser beams at sky to display logo on the moon, French news network reports

Ynet

Thousands of Iranians looked up at the sky in the hopes of seeing the Pepsi logo appear on the moon on Tuesday night, France 24 reported Friday.

According to the report, rumors that have gone viral on Iranian websites and social networks in recent days claimed that Pepsi Co. was going to shoot powerful lasers beams at the moon to display the brand’s logo on its surface.

Not a face, but soda Photo: EPA

Not a face, but soda - Photo: EPA

Some web surfers perceived it as a joke, while others bought the hoax. Continue Reading »

Jordan Denies Iraqi Oil Reaching Israel

Jordan is fending off accusations that Iraqi oil is reaching Israel.

Jordanian Media and Communications Minister Rakan al-Majali denied at a news conference with Iraqi journalists Wednesday in Amman that the black gold is being smuggled to the Jewish State.

Oil Tanker in Suez Canal

Oil Tanker in Suez Canal Reuters

The official Jordan News Agency (Petra) quoted al-Majali as saying the claims were unfounded, and aimed at harming Jordan’s claims with Iraq.

He added that the accusations were ‘tantamount to a conspiracy aimed at intimidating’ the Hashemite Kingdom.

“How can oil be smuggled to Israel, while Jordan needs every drop,” he pointed out.

Iraqis have faced some difficulties entering the kingdom recently, both at airports and at the border crossings – a point raised by the media delegation as well. Continue Reading »