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The Formation of the Political Elite in Modern Iraq: The U.S. and Iranian Factors

... clan from Mosul. The main forces opposing the United States and the central government in Baghdad were the Naqshbandi Army (which had ties to the former Ba’ath Party) and Al Qaeda in Iraq [ 5 ]. Attempts to inject Sunni groups (the Sahwa or the Al-Iraqiya movements, which also included Sunnis) into the political elite were generally unsuccessful. The ongoing marginalization of the Sunni population by the Nouri al-Maliki government and the radicalization of society, compounded by falling oil prices and the war in Syria, led to the establishment ...


Unrest in Iraq: Continuation of the Arab Spring or a New Political Reality?

... longer be tolerated, since it was fraught with the real danger of an armed confrontation between the principal ethnic and denominational communities in the state. It is noteworthy that discontent with this situation was expressed not only by Kurds and Sunnis but also by some Shiites inclined to view the PMF as an instrument of Iran's military and political dominance in Iraq. The 2018 parliamentary elections were a watershed moment in Iraq’s political developments. One of the most remarkable results of the electoral campaign was the victory of the Saairun bloc led by Muqtada al-Sadr, a popular public figure. The son ...


Iran’s Regional Policy: A Fresh Start?

... certain extent seem to have been provoked by Iran, which had long been supporting the government of Nuri al-Maliki – a politician known for his shortsighted policies aimed at suppressing Sunni separatism, which did a great deal to destabilize Iraq. Many Sunnis, who had previously opposed the radicals, have switched allegiances after they realized that al-Maliki's centralization effort was essentially a Shiite terror campaign targeted against them [25] . As a result, in summer 2014, when the situation ...


Iraq Continues to Disintegrate

Relations within the Iran-United States-Saudi Arabia triangle The civil war in Iraq is raging on – local Sunnis have risen up against the Shiite authorities. The causes of the uprising lie in the Sunni elite’s resentment of its position in the country and in the role played by external forces. It is not the case that the country entered a period of ...


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