Iran Losing Its Grip on Iraq?

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Iran is slowly losing its imperial grip on Iraq, a new report at Bloomberg states.

According to national security correspondent Eli Lake:

Not only are U.S. forces still [in Iraq], but it’s clear that the killings [of top Iranian terrorists] have created space for a new Iraqi government to assert some independence from its powerful neighbor. The signs of this new approach have been building over recent months, and the ascendance last week of Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to the post of transitional prime minister is the latest and most profound. …

Kadhimi’s platform is not as pointed in its criticism of U.S. actions as his predecessor’s was. It says Iraq will not allow “its territories to be used as a base for launching aggression against any of its neighbors and will not become a battlefield for regional and international conflicts.” At the same time, it indirectly says it will not allow Iran to manage its relationship with Iraq the way it did in the Soleimani years: “As far as foreign relations are concerned, the state shall communicate with official institutions only, and according to the international diplomatic norms, and not with individuals or non-official entities.” …

“When [top Iranian terrorist Qassem] Soleimani was killed, Iran had already overplayed its hand and was suffering the consequences,” says Michael Knights, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Since his death, he says, Iran’s position in Iraq has weakened even further. “It still has influence, but not control.”

Let’s hope the trend continues.

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