‘No, no America!’ as Baghdad protesters demand US troops quit Iraq

  Hundreds of supporters of an influential, radical Shi'ite cleric gathered 24 January in central Baghdad for a rally to demand that American troops leave the country amid heightened tensions after a US drone strike earlier this month killed a top Iranian general in the Iraqi capital.    Since mid-morning on the Muslim day of… Continue reading ‘No, no America!’ as Baghdad protesters demand US troops quit Iraq

A million’ Iraq rally against US troops

Since mid-morning, large crowds gathered on the Muslim day of prayers as loudspeakers blasted “No, no America!” at a central square in Baghdad. A child held up a poster reading, “Death to America. Death to Israel.” But by the afternoon the rally had failed to reach the critical numbers called for by radical cleric Muqtada… Continue reading A million’ Iraq rally against US troops

USA – Iran – Iraq – Middle east

  Iraq's parliament called on Sunday for U.S. and other foreign troops to leave as a backlash grows against the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general, and President Donald Trump doubled down on threats to target Iranian cultural sites if Tehran retaliates.    Deepening a crisis that has heightened fears of a major Middle… Continue reading USA – Iran – Iraq – Middle east

Airlines avoiding Iranian and Iraqi airspace

  A growing number of airlines said  they were avoiding Iranian and Iraqi airspace for flights to the region after Tehran fired ballistic missiles against bases housing US troops in Iraq.   "As a precautionary measure and following news of air strikes underway, Air France has decided to suspend until further notice all flights through Iranian… Continue reading Airlines avoiding Iranian and Iraqi airspace