Iraqi prime minister is first among Arab leaders to receive call from US president

US President Joe Biden made his first call in the Arab world to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, expressing strong support for Iraq.

Ali Mamouri | | Feb 24, 2021
al-monitor US President-elect Joe Biden (L) announces US Army (retired) Gen. Lloyd Austin (R) as his choice to be Secretary of the Department of Defense at the Queen Theater Dec. 09, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware. The only African-American to have headed US Central Command, Lloyd, 67, is a four-star general who was in charge of American forces in Iraq from 2010 to late 2011. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

CENTCOM chief warns Iran over strikes on Erbil, Saudi Arabia

Gen. Kenneth "'Frank" McKenzie warned Iran in the boldest statement yet from the Biden administration over the attacks.

Jared Szuba | Iran-US tensions | Feb 24, 2021

Kataib Hezbollah denies role in recent Iraq rocket attacks

The high-profile, Iran-backed militia denied responsibility for attacks on US targets in Iraq.

Al-Monitor Staff | | Feb 23, 2021

Erbil court convicts journalists, activists of spying, organizing armed groups

Five defendants, including journalists and activists, were sentenced to prison in Erbil in a decision that international rights groups say is an attack on press freedoms.

Al-Monitor Staff | Kurds | Feb 23, 2021

Iraq's 'Falcon Cell' leader removed amid accusations of suspicious links

The replacing of a top intelligence official whose unit had been responsible for many key arrests signals further efforts to centralize control of Iraq's intelligence services.

Shelly Kittleson | Intelligence and espionage | Feb 23, 2021