Iraq, Turkey, European Allies Scheme to Skirt New U.S. Sanctions on Iran

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Iran

Iran’s regional allies and some European nations continue to form new plans to skirt a rash of upcoming sanctions on Tehran to keep the hardline regime afloat as protesters continue to push for regime change in the Islamic Republic, according to U.S. officials and experts.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is the latest regional official to oppose the new sanctions and throw his government’s support behind Iran as it works with regional allies and others to avoid a series of new sanctions by the Trump administration aimed at further squeezing Tehran’s economy and choking off funding for its terrorist forces.

Christians in Iraq Are Hopeful, But Their Plight Continues

Vice President Mike Pence announced two weeks ago that the United States would intensify efforts to deliver aid to Iraqi Christians. Last October, Pence told a conference hosted by the nonprofit In Defense of Christians that America “will work hand in hand with faith-based groups and private organizations to help those who are persecuted for their faith.”

Pence Demands USAID Break Through Bureaucratic Gridlock to Help Iraqi Christians, Yazidis

A group of Yazidis from Iraq carrying their arrive at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border

Incensed over bureaucratic attempts to thwart a direct White House executive order, Vice President Mike Pence is dispatching U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green to Iraq to ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars are going to help save Christian and Yazidi communities decimated by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.