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Millions of Iranians enter Iraq for Shiite Ritual

By Changiz M. Varzi for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  A day after millions of Shiite Muslims marked Arbaeen, the annual pilgrimage to the Hussein mosque in the Iraqi city of Karbala, the front pages of Iranian dailies on […]

Why some Shiites want Distance from Iran

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Why some Iraqi Shiites are pushing for Distance from Iran Iraq’s Shiites are witnessing a political-religious rift in their stance toward Iran whose development can be traced back to 2003. While some express complete […]

Khalilzad Warns of Iranian Interference in Iraq

By John Lee. Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, has said that Iraqi Shi’ite officials have complained of Iran’s interference in their country’s affairs, saying the militias backed by Tehran might turn against each other in the future over a dispute on oil. In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, he added: “[Iraqis] […]

Video: Diyala Residents fear Shia Militias

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Diyala province is on the border with Iran, and Iranian influence is evident. The Popular Mobilization Force and Shia militias are the real power here. Some analysts fear that the victory over ISIL […]

Govt Promised Shiite Militias Won’t Fight in Mosul

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Ninawa Governor Al-Nujaifi: ‘Iraqi Govt Promised Us Shiite Militias Won’t Fight in Mosul’ The governor-in-exile of Ninawa, Atheel al-Nujaifi, outlines his ideas for how best to liberate Ninawa’s capital, Mosul, […]

Is the Shiite Revival Here?

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. In the book “The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future,” Vali Nasr, an Iranian-American researcher on the crises in the Middle East, came to the conclusion in 2006 […]

Concern Grows over Unregulated Shiite Forces

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The popular mobilization forces have been widely controversial in Iraq since their inception in June 2014. Public opinion has focused on the legitimacy of these irregular forces, their activities and the possible illegal killings committed […]

Video: Army, Militias Pushing Against IS

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi security forces and Shiite militias were battling IS group militants in Balad, 80km north of Baghdad, in an effort to push the jihadists back:

Video: Shia Muslims Commemorate Ashura

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Shia Muslims are marking Ashura, the most revered religious event of their calendar. Millions have travelled to the city of Karbala in central Iraq, despite growing violence in the country. Al Jazeera’s Imran […]

Video: Violence mars Ashura Celebrations in Iraq

From CNN. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Dozens were killed in Iraq during one of the most holy days for Shiite Muslims. CNN’s Mohammed Jamjoom reports:

Proposed Personal Status Law will Not Help Jaafaris

By Salem Radwan al-Mousawi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari recently prepared a new draft law regarding Jaafari [Shiite] personal status and Jaafari jurisprudence. He then submitted the law to the Council of Ministers, so that […]

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Iraq’s Sunni-Shiite Divide About Governance

By Harith al-Qarawee for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. There are two conflicting trends at the core of the sectarian dispute that is intensifying in Iraq. The first trend is influenced by domestic political considerations pertaining to the failure of the […]