Month: February 2020

Iraq’s two leading parliamentary movements amp up coordination

Farhad Alaaldin 22-2-2019 As Iraq’s government formation continues to stall, the country’s two main political movements — Fatah and Sairoon — are teaming up to take control of the political scene and to prevent progress from being stalled by infighting with smaller parties. The Iraqi political scene is known to be one of continuous crises. Political …

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Iraq Is the Best Option to Mediate Between Iran and the United States

Farhad Alaaldin July 22, 2019 After the June 13 meeting between Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei and Japanese Prime Minister Abe failed to yield fruitful results, it has become clear that the United States and Iran have reached a deadlock without much of a solution on the horizon. Nevertheless, it is widely agreed among observers …

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During Conflict Between the United States and Iran, Iraq’s Shiite Forces Will Prioritize Iraq

Farhad Alaaldin May 14, 2019  “We will not allow Iraq to become a battlefield for other countries to clear their debts”—this statement would be unremarkable coming from many Iraqi politicians, as it is in sync with the current view of most Iraqi political parties and the three Presidencies of Iraq: the President, Prime Minister and the Speaker. …

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As US hints at plans to reduce troops, Iraqi MPs divided on what comes next

Farhad Alaaldin  March 21, 2019 The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, testifying before Congress on March 14, indicated that the United States is considering reducing the number of US troops in Iraq,  a move that would be in coordination with the Iraqi government, depending on the level of threat posed by a resurgence from the …

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Parliament bill may not prevent US troops from staying in Iraq

Farhad Alaaldin  March 11, 2019 Even as Iraq struggles with the pros and cons of having US and other foreign troops within its borders, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived March 11 in Baghdad for a three-day stay. Rouhani, accompanied by a high-powered delegation from Tehran, began his trip by talking up the great relationship his country enjoys with Iraq …

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Iraq’s two leading parliamentary movements amp up coordination

Farhad Alaaldin 22-2-2019 As Iraq’s government formation continues to stall, the country’s two main political movements — Fatah and Sairoon — are teaming up to take control of the political scene and to prevent progress from being stalled by infighting with smaller parties. The Iraqi political scene is known to be one of continuous crises. Political …

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