DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly August 3, 2010
Spurred by the power vacuum in Baghdad, Iraq's Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish leaders are set to leap into inter-communal warfare with regional fallout after Aug. 31 when the US pulls the bulk of its combat troops out as President Barack promised.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2010
Military tensions rise in Iraq as pro-Iranian Shiite militias appear to be planning attacks on American forces, debkafile's exclusive sources report. Tehran is furious over Washington's decision to retain a number of US troops in Iraq, possibly as UN peacekeepers, after the pullout pledged by President Barak Obama to start on September 1.
US commander in Iraq Gen. Ray Odierno names three Shiite militias recently trained in Iran for a new collision course aside from the nuclear controversy.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 11, 2010
In an unprecedentedly wild rampage, even for al Qaeda, raider-units, speeding drive-by gun squads, car bombs and homicidal suicides mowed down checkpoints, liquidated Iraqi soldiers, police and security personnel and murdered civilians in eight Iraqi cities including the capital, Baghdad, Monday, May 10. By the end of the day, more than 100 people were dead and 300 injured.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2010
Iraq's prime minister Nouri al-Maliki's unexplained absence from public view after an unpublished attempted assassination may cost him his election victory. Eight days later, he sent a message from his hospital bed asking Tehran to rally its supporters in the Iraqi parliament to stop his rival, Iyad Allawi, gaining the premiership with Saudi-Syrian support.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 9, 2010
Preliminary Iraqi election results show incumbent prime minister Nouri Maliki returned with a commanding 100 parliamentary seats out of 325 and the ability to form a pro-American coalition with Iyad Allawi's secular alliance and the Kurdish bloc that will be stable enough for US troops to depart Iraq on schedule.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2010
Saudi king Abdullah and Syrian president Bashar Assad have no qualms about sending al Qaeda and ex-Baathist gangs out of their Syrian havens to slaughter Shiite pilgrims in Iraq in their determination to prevent prime minister Nouri al-Maliki's election in March.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2009
Several large truck bombs blew up across Baghdad and around its heavily fortified Green Zone, Wednesday, Aug. 19, hitting the Iraqi foreign and finance ministries, followed by a mortar barrage. Buildings were destroyed and windows shattered at the Iraqi parliament and the diplomatic complex inside the Green Zone in the bloodiest terror attack in Iraq this year.
Al Qaeda's responsibility is strongly indicated by the fact that it occurred on the anniversary of the suicide bombing which killed 22 people at UN headquarters in Baghdad on Aug. 19, 2003
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2009
Parties, processions, a parade in the fortified Green Zone seat of government and embassies, and prime minister Nuri al-Malikii's proclamation of June 30 National Sovereignty Day celebrated the US military's handover of towns and cities to Iraqi security personnel on the way to a full withdrawal by the end of 2011.
Yet debkafile's military sources stress that unresolved tensions among Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds still simmer and may erupt after the withdrawal of 130,000 US troops to 39 remote rural bases - nowhere near on hand for emergencies.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 16, 2009
debkafile's Gulf sources report that the assassination Friday, June 12, of Hareth al-Obaidi, head of the Iraqi Accordance Front bloc, is seen as a major disaster for the Sunni Arab world and an omen of worse to come.
Fears of a systematic liquidation of Sunni leaders in Iraq at the hands Iraqi and Iranian Shiites figured large in US president Barack Obama's last conversation with Saudi king Abdullah in Riyadh on June 3 just before his Cairo University speech.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 25, 2008
Days before Iraqi Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki visits Tehran, his government has told the opposition People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran (PMOI) it is no longer welcome in Iraq.
Ashraf Camp, their sanctuary 70 km north of Baghdad for two decades, will be closed and 3,500 occupants face deportation to their own country (certain execution) or other countries. debkafile reports that no government has offered the group asylum although Jordan has supported the PMOI's successful claim to delete its terrorist listing by the European Union.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 27, 2008
The US defense secretary Robert Gates responded angrily to Iraq's unanimous vote Saturday, Oct. 21 to demand amendments in the draft status-of-forces agreement providing for US troops to stay in Iraq until 2011. There will be "pretty dramatic" consequences," Gates said unless Iraqi politicians get behind the agreement.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 16, 2008
A businessman gunned down in his shop Sunday was the 12th Christian killed in the northern Iraqi town of Mosul since Sept. 28 in the worst violence targeting this minority in five years. Prime minister Maliki has deployed 1,000 police to patrol the four largely Christian districts of Mosul and set up checkpoints at churches, as some 3,000 have fled the city.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2008
They killed at least 57 people, wounded nearly 300 in Baghdad and the northern oil city of Kirkuk Monday, July 28.
A senior US military official blamed al Qaeda for the attacks in Baghdad, the worst since June 17. Three women detonated their bomb vests in the middle of a procession of Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 7, 2008
Leaflets naming Iraqi firms doing business with Israeli exporters have been circulated in Iraq for the purpose of stopping the trade, which now amounts to between $800 and a million a year. debkafile's sources report that the leaflets are circulated anonymously. Some sources calculate that Tehran is behind the anti-Israel trade campaign in Iraq in reprisal for the international sanctions imposed on Iran. Others suggest that it represents an aggressive bid by rival international exporters to replace Israeli companies in the Iraqi market.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2008
The attack took place in the southern section of Sadr City at a local council meeting for electing new members to replace representatives of the Shiite cleric Moqtada al Sadr. One of the civilians killed was a State Department employee, the second worked for the Defense Department. Three of the dead Iraqis were members of the Sadr City council. The US military held "special groups" - pro-Iranian rogue Shiite militias - responsible for the attack. A suspect who tested positive for contact with explosives was caught fleeing the scene.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 19, 2008
The explosion occurred in the mainly Shiite neighborhood of Hurriya. The deadliest bombing in Baghdad in months was timed to go off when the bus stop was crowded during the early evening rush hour.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 14, 2008
On the long-term treaty regulating the US military's future role in Iraq, Iraqi politicians are challenging what they call American demands to maintain more than 50 permanent bases in Iraq. The US president, on a farewell tour of Europe, said in Berlin June 11 that he believes his administration will finish the treaty.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly 352 of June 6 disclosed the terms of the troop level agreement, which is still in negotiation.
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More than 2 million Shiites gather in Karbala Saturday for Ashura climax as dozens died in clashes with messianic cultists in Basra and Nasiriya
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2008
Another 217 people injured. The violence erupted Friday in the southern towns of Basra and Nasiriya when Soldiers of Heaven messianic cultists attacked Shiite worshippers and security forces. In Nasiriyah, the cultists fired mortars at a police station followed by a machine gun and RPG assault. Among the 15 killed there were the city police commander and 7 officers.
More than 200 Kurdish rebel targets hit in Iraq since Dec. 16 by Turkish air force and artillery<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 26, 2007
Reporting this, the Turkish military said Tuesday, Dec. 25, hundreds of PKK insurgents had been killed in four air strikes, one ground incursion and artillery bombardment of Kurdish PKK hideouts. The fourth took place Tuesday after Iraqi Kurdish president Massoud Barzani, at a news conference in Suleimaniya, warned Ankara to stop its cross-border attacks on PKK havens in the autonomous Kurdish region.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Amid massive Arab presence in Washington, Bush and Maliki sign framework for "enduring" US troop presence in Iraq<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 30, 2007
The deal in principle was concluded by the US president and Iraqi prime minister over a secure video-link Monday, Nov. 26, amid the hubbub leading up to the Annapolis Middle East conference.
Iraqi officials foresaw a long-term presence of 50,000 US troops, down from the current 170,000. They will withdraw to bases outside the cities. debkafile's military sources report that 20 huge land and air bases are currently under construction in Iraq.
Negotiations on the shape and size of the long-term US military presence will be wrapped up to a July 2008 deadline when the US intends to finish withdrawing the five combat brigades added in 2007.
More about this pivotal "declaration of principles" and its ramifications in debkafile's Special Report below.