Iraq wants to “keep away” from US-Iran conflict, Prime Minister Abadi says

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi walks with officers as he arrives in Mosul, Iraq, March 14, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 28 March 2018

Iraq wants to “keep away” from US-Iran conflict, Prime Minister Abadi says

BAGHDAD: Iraq wants to “keep away” from the US-Iran conflict, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said on Wednesday.
Baghdad wants to maintain a “balance” in its relations with Washington and Tehran, he told an energy conference in Baghdad, explaining that this policy was in Iraq’s interest.
“I’m keeping away from it,” he said, referring to the tension between Iran and the United States.
Abadi also expressed hope that the deal to restrain Iran’s nuclear program would be maintained by Washington.


Explosion hits arms depot for Iran-backed faction in Iraq

Updated 20 August 2019

Explosion hits arms depot for Iran-backed faction in Iraq

BAGHDAD: Iraqi security officials say an explosion has happened in an arms depot belonging to an Iranian-backed militia faction north of Baghdad.
The explosion is the latest in a series of mysterious blasts that have rocked military bases and weapons depots around the country recently.
The explosions have been in bases and warehouses belonging to militia groups under the umbrella of the mainly Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces. Some have been blamed on drone attacks, others on faulty storage.
No one has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's explosion near the Balad air base in Salaheddin province or either of the other two explosions.
In response, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi last week banned unauthorized flights throughout the country.