US-Iran Competition In Iraq

by Alma Keshavarz
Tuesday, March 15, 2022



Iraqi politician Muqtada al-Sadr’s prominence will soon take shape following cabinet formations. Meanwhile, Iranian-backed Shia militia groups continue to challenge remaining US forces in Iraq. Since the targeted killing of Iranian Quds force commander Qassim Soleimani, these militia groups have evolved. Rising independence from Iranian control and competition among themselves are unintended consequences. US-Iran competition in Iraq is now more complex given Sadr’s unpredictability and an uncertain Iraqi future.

US-Iran Competition in Iraq by Hoover Institution

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Dr. Alma Keshavarz currently works for the US Department of Defense (DoD). She previously was a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University and served in the Office of Policy Planning at the Department of State, where she covered Iran and Iraq. The views expressed here are her own and do not reflect those of the DoD or the US government.

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