News On Iran & Its NeighboursIraqA look at various groups in Iran and Iraq...

A look at various groups in Iran and Iraq that may be involved in insurgency


AP: Iraqi, Kurdish and U.S. officials have spoken of possible links between Iran and Iraqi insurgent groups. Here’s a look
at the various parties: … By Associated Press

Iraqi, Kurdish and U.S. officials have spoken of possible links between Iran and Iraqi insurgent groups. Here’s a look at the various parties:

TAWHID AND JIHAD: Headed by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who has proclaimed his allegiance to al-Qaida. Claimed responsibility for several beheadings and car bombings in Iraq. Believed to be based in the central Iraqi city of Fallujah.

ANSAR AL-ISLAM: Formed in the Kurdish parts of Iraq. Later believed to have incorporated Arab al-Qaida members fleeing U.S. strikes on Afghanistan. Group had bases along Iranian-Iraqi border that were bombed and attacked by Iraqi Kurdish and U.S. Special Forces at the start of the Iraq war. Al-Zarqawi is believed to have played a key role in the group after he fled Afghanistan.

IRANIAN GOVERNMENT: Led by theocratic clerics but with a reformist government that is struggling to assert itself.

REVOLUTIONARY GUARD: Shock troops of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. A well-funded force of 200,000 that is independent of the armed forces and answers directly to the Islamic leadership and not elected officials.

MAHDI ARMY: Radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s militia, only insurgent group based among Iraq’s Shiite Muslim majority.

PATRIOTIC UNION OF KURDISTAN, KURDISTAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY: The leading Kurdish groups in northern Iraq. Groups are both secular and have supported the United States in Iraq.

Latest news

Iran: Household Expenses Outweigh People’s Income

In 2020, the average annual cost of Iran’s urban household and a rural household was 60 and 24 million...

Iran: “The Conquest of the Power Structure by Brokers and Corrupt People”

Iran supreme leader Ali Khamenei's faction seeks to attribute the widespread poverty, inequality, class divide, bankruptcy, and current economic...

Protests Continue in Khuzestan for the Seventh Night

At night on July 21, the people of the southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan once again took to the...

In the Real World, China and Russia Are Turning Away From Iran

Negotiations to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal JCPOA have stalled, and the task of the seventh round of...

Iran Economic Collapse, As Explained by State Media

The Iranian economic crisis, caused solely by the mullahs’ corruption and failed policies, is now at a critical point...

Drought in Khuzestan Due to the Implementation of a Non-Expert Water Transfer Project

The water crisis in Iran has become one of the main crises. One of the worst-hit areas is the...

Must read

Britain: Iran seized 15 of our troops

Iran Focus: London, Mar. 23 – Britain’s Ministry of...

EU urges Iran to repeal sentence against jailed director

AFP: Europe's foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton on Tuesday...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you