29 November 2020
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Is Iraq on course to becoming a failed state? The Kataib Hezbollah militants (part of Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi) who killed several coalition troops last week are closely allied to Iran, as well as to powerful elements within Iraq’s parliament. This is just one of many warning signs of how Iraq is devolving from nation state to a warring cluster of paramilitary fiefdoms under Iranian hegemony.  Iraqis demand effective governance and an end to institutionalized corruption. Yet, whoever is appointed to the…

Iraqi MPs loyalties are not to their people Saturday, 14 March 2020 22:41

Who has ever heard of a member of this honourable body speak out against the greedy game of exchanging favours and interests between political leaders? Political life in Iraq today is not led by real parties but by parliamentary blocs and groupings. Even the only Shia party, the Dawa Party, which earlier branded itself as a political and proselytising movement, found it more lucrative to abandon those ideals and delve into shady deals of pillaging public money. Other than the…
President Barham Salih is greatly committed to reconstructing Iraq, reforming the economy, restoring factories, revitalising agriculture and creating tonnes of job opportunities for the thousands of unemployed and disillusioned youth who are today the main nerve of the uprising in Iraq but it might be too late. Salih’s call on political parties to “seriously strive to reach a national agreement for the appointment of an alternate prime minister, who could be nationally and popularly accepted, during the specified constitutional period,…
In the Nineveh Plains, near Mosul, Iraq, some 32,000 Christians live in areas controlled by Iran-backed militias. As tensions between the United States and Iran, Nineveh Christians hope for an end to the influence of Iran in their day-to-day lives. With the liberation of parts of Iraq from ISIS in 2017, Iraq’s Syriac and Chaldean Christians returned home to two unwelcome developments. First, unsurprisingly, their homes had been burned, looted or destroyed by ISIS. Second, Iran-backed groups — known as Popular Mobilization…
The Iranian government has covered up an outbreak of coronavirus that now threatens the Middle East and has led to border closures and hospitalizations in five countries. Over the weekend of February 21, president Hassan Rouhani and other Iranian officials downplayed the growing crises as Iran’s death toll from the virus climbed. It is now apparent that the regime, which has threatened the region with ballistic missiles, drones, naval mines, and militias over the last few years, has become a health threat as…
Wearing face masks, gas masks and mock bio-hazard suits, Iraqis vowed to continue their months-long protest against the central government on Tuesday, despite five cases of the lethal coronavirus being reported across the country. In Baghdad's busy protest site of Tahrir Square, hundreds rallied against Iraq's ruling elite, despite pleas from the Ministry of Health that demonstrators steer clear of public places and remain at home. Carrying banners reading: "The people want to overthrow the regime," several of the protesters were wearing surgical masks, but many…

Iraq Needs Regime Change Again Friday, 21 February 2020 22:34

The United States faces an increasingly urgent set of first-order policy questions in Iraq. Spoiler alert: The answer is not Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, Iraq’s newly designated prime minister. A popular uprising might be. Allawi’s recent nomination to be Iraq’s next leader is a dead end, for Iraq and the United States alike. He has no chance of resolving the two fundamental crises now plaguing the country: first, the collapse of legitimacy of Iraq’s post-2003 political class, and second, Iraq’s ever-expanding…
A large number of college students in Iraq held rallies on Sunday, February 16, to protest government corruption, the Iranian regime-backed candidates put forward by the political elite in the elections, and the constant attacks by Iran-backed militia groups across the country. At these rallies in Baghdad, Karbala, Maysan, and elsewhere, organised after calls issued by the October Demonstration Committee, demonstrators expressed their full support for the ongoing protests in central and southern Iraq. Of course, these demonstrations have been…
For over four months, Iraqis have taken to the streets en masse to demand basic rights, a sovereign state, the overhaul of the post-2003 political system and an end to endemic state corruption.The demonstrations mark a continuation of the shift from identity politics to issue politics, first seen during the protests that gripped Baghdad and the southern provinces in 2015. For Shia cleric and political figure Moqtada Al-Sadr, the 2015 protests were the perfect opportunity to gain legitimacy among a broad electoral base. In…

Iraq: Calculating Support For Iran Thursday, 13 February 2020 22:13

Iraq has slipped into an unofficial civil war between pro and anti-Iran factions. Iran has used force against anti-Iran protesters, and is responsible for most of the 550 protesters killed since the protests began in October 2019. These deaths have exceeded the casualties caused by Islamic terrorists. Half the deaths have been in Baghdad and Iraqis know Iran is a big fan of shooting protesters. In the same time period over a thousand protesters in Iran were killed. The Iraqi…
This Wednesday marks 40 days since the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Quds Force leader, General Qassem Suleimani in Baghdad. A war between the US and Iran might have been averted but the battle for the future of Iraq will only intensify in the coming months. General Suleimani was the embodiment of Iranian military expansionism in the Middle East – especially Iraq – and was instrumental in forming and developing several Iraqi militias, primarily loyal to Tehran, under the umbrella of…

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