Tallha Abdulrazaq is an award-winning academic and writer, with a specialism in Middle Eastern strategic and security affairs.
Iraq is far too fragile to find itself on a collision course with the US, for the sake of Iran.
Both Washington and Tehran have embarked on reckless foreign policies in Iraq, which deny Baghdad sovereignty and have led to constant instability.
The Iranian general was the key figure in stretching Tehran's influence across the Middle East. His death will be a bitter blow for the country's regional ambitions.
Iranian backed militias seem just as powerful as they did before this latest escalation as demonstrated by the ongoing crisis at the US embassy in Baghdad.
More than 500 Iraqi protesters have been killed by security services and militias with little indication that those responsible will be brought to justice.
The recent investigation exposing the UAE's cyber-surveillance program fits in neatly with the country's quest to silence democratic actors across the Middle East.
The resignation of Iraq's prime minister will not send protesters home as long as the political system remains intact. So what exactly is this 'system' and why do so many Iraqis blame it for their problems?
Iran's leadership needs to be held to account for its brutal response to protests in Iran, and in those countries where it exercises influence through proxies.
The leaked Iranian cables show that Iran has outmanoeuvred the US in Iraq, but the tragedy is that Iraqis are perpetual victims of imperialism.
Iraq's ruling elite fear the unity of the Iraqi people because it directly undermines their divisive rule.
Iraqi demonstrators are being killed in the streets for demanding an end to a corrupt status quo propped installed by the US and propped up by Iran.
Killing the leader of the most brutal terror organisation is a symbolic blow but the breeding grounds for the group's ideology thrive.
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