Agenda

Iraq’s Toughest Challenge: Controlling the Iranian-backed Militias

On 14 August, an Iraqi civil activist, Tahseen Oussama, was shot dead and four days later another prominent activist Reham Yacoub was shot dead...

Al-Kadhimi Government in Iraq and Its Dynamics

The government that was established by the long endeavors of Adil Abdulmahdi after the holding of general elections in Iraq in May 2018 came to an...

The Vote of Confidence Test of Mustafa al-Kadhimi

As a result of street demonstrations that started on the 1st of October 2019 in the northern provinces of Iraq, including primarily the capital city,...

Iran's New Strategy: Iraqi Ghost Militias?

Three new unknown militia groups – Usbat Al-Thaereen, Ashab Al-Kahf and Qabdat Al-Hoda – have recently emerged and issued threats against...

Will Kadhimi Solve the Government Crisis in Iraq?

Mustafa al-Kadhimi, head of Iraq’s National Intelligence Service, is the next person of interest in the five-month government crisis in Iraq....

US-Iran tensions deepen divisions in Iraq's Hashd al-Shaabi

Key anti-Daesh/ISIS actors in Iraq since 2014, the Hashd al-Shaabi and Shia militia groups have become the defining forces of politics beyond the...

Sistani versus Khamenei on Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi

On 18 March 2020, it was claimed that the militia groups affiliated with Iraq’s top Shi’a cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, had...

What is the Background of the USA's Base Movement in Iraq?

The United States-Iran competition in Iraq evolved from a controlled tension to open confrontation after the killing of Qassem Soleimani, commander...