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Security Exchange Newsletter | January | MENA

31 January 2020

Iraq & Iran – The fate of Iraq and Iran are inextricably linked, evident in the aftermath of the killing of Iranian Commander Qassem Soleimani. The US airstrikes which targeted Iran’s most senior military official near Baghdad airport also killed Abu Mahdi a-Muhandis, the commander of the Kataib Hezbollah militia and deputy chief of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF). Iran’s immediate response saw multiple rockets fired at Iraqi military bases which housed US troops; it was recently revealed that 50 US soldiers were wounded in the attack. The incidents raised the prospect of a direct confrontation between Iran and the US taking place in Iraq. The government in Baghdad called for the withdrawal of US troops from the country, although this week it was confirmed that joint operations against the Islamic State (IS) group were ongoing.

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Voting for Iraq's Future

10 May 2018

Iraqis are heading to the polls for the country’s first parliamentary elections since Islamic State (IS) seized, and then lost, large swathes of territory in the country. The vote presents an opportunity for Iraq to move on from years of violence, fuelled by sectarianism, corruption and economic marginalisation. It could also see Baghdad move out of the shadow of Iran, which has held serious political sway in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003.

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