Mustafa al Kazimi will have to pick a side if he wants to enact meaningful change.
The US strikes that target Shia militias actually target a branch of the Iraqi Army.
Tehran’s main backers are Russia and China, but even though the two global powers condemn Soleimani's assassination, they have shown little interest in picking a side if war breaks out between Iran and the US.
The leaked Iranian cables show that Iran has outmanoeuvred the US in Iraq, but the tragedy is that Iraqis are perpetual victims of imperialism.
Israel is using Iraq as a staging ground for its proxy battles with Iran - and Iraq can do nothing to stop it.
The July 19 attack struck a militia base in Amirli in Iraq's Salaheddin province. A senior official with the Shia militias at the time said the base housed advisers from Iran and Lebanon — a reference to the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah group.
Navigating the divergent agendas of its neighbours, Iraqi leaders caution regional players against escalating tensions.
The Algiers Agreement was initially signed to resolve border issues in 1975 between Iran and Iraq. Now, the two countries have come together to implement it, but not just for border issues.
Since Rouhani's election in 2013, Iraq has relied on Iranian paramilitary support to fight Daesh, following the terror group's capture of the Iraqi city of Mosul and other territory in both Iraq and Syria.
If the US genuinely wanted to counter Iran, and strengthen Iraq, it would put its considerable resources towards helping Iraqis build an authentic national movement that represents all Iraqis.
Iran and the US have used Iraq as a staging ground for influence in the region, but the reality of the Iraqi political system is now showing the Americans the door.
Iraq has been struggling to come out from under the political morass that has gripped the country after the US invasion. The victory of Muqtada al Sadr's broad alliance could be the first sign that things might change for the better in Iraq.
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