WHAT TO MAKE OF IRAQ’S NEW GOVERNMENT?

October 24, 2018 marked another important day in Iraq’s modern history. Prime Minister-Designate Adil Abdul-Mahdi presented his government program and cabinet formation to parliament for their approval, and the next day the country witnessed a peaceful transition of power. However, the swearing in of Abdul-Mahdi’s government did not go as smooth as many had expected.  Continue reading

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THE NONEXISTENT INTRA-SHIA WAR IN IRAQ

Just like the Times Magazine “The End of Iraq” cover that became a symbol of sensationalist journalism failure on Iraq in 2014, there is a new wave of doomsday analysis that started to build up in August and September predicting a new war in Iraq, this time between different Shi’i factions. The Institute for the Study of WarForeign Affairs, and the Wall Street Journal predicted ‘pro-Iran’ parties like Hadi Al-Ameri’s Fateh and the popular mobilization forces will clash against ‘pro-U.S.’ forces, represented by the likes of Muqtada Al-Sadr’s Sa’eroon and Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s Nasr. This scenario is falsely conceived despite other outlets following suit in pushing this narrative.

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