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Iraq’s political instability has escalated into deadly fighting between supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr and pro-Iran militias. But the violence is far from unprecedented, and historical patterns suggest an imminent Iranian intervention.
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With the Shia cleric raising doubts over the legality of the elections he himself had won, there are signs that disparate political forces are manoeuvring to seal a deal that will finally see a government formed.
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Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has continued to forge ahead with his ambitions of being the power behind Iraq's major political institutions, sowing chaos in the country until his demands are met.
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In a severely turbulent political environment, a newly leaked set of audio recordings of former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki insulting prominent leaders and inciting sectarian divisions threatens to destabilise Iraq even further.
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After failing to build a majority coalition, Sadr's mass resignation 'protest' move against systemic corruption will achieve little more than the further delegitimisation of Iraq's political processes.
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Once known for its fertile lands and lush agriculture, Iraq is facing an impending climate crisis as drought, incessant sand storms and scorching heat, compounded by a failing government, promise a difficult summer.
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With a complex web of politics and military power converging in Sinjar, it appears clear that Iraq is once again being used as a chessboard for regional and domestic ambitions to be played out among rivals.
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Decades of unsanctioned wars and foreign interference have proved devastating for Baghdad, as Iraq continues to struggle with political instability, economic collapse, and widespread social unrest.
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As Iran comes under increased pressure from geopolitical rivals regarding sanctions, oil, and the nuclear deal, it has turned to hard power to assert its regional influence and hide its nerves.
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As Russia’s war in Ukraine rages on, soaring food prices and rampant corruption have sparked nation-wide protests in Iraq, threatening the government’s already faltering domestic credibility.