Besides the question of Iran’s culpability in the assassination attempt on the Iraqi Prime Minister, Iraq still faces grave problems that violence and instability can exacerbate.
The militant groups want a seat at the table, and are willing to apply whatever pressure it takes to ensure that they do.
No group has claimed responsibility for the drones attack launched at Prime Minister Mustafa al Kadhimi's Baghdad residence, where he escaped unhurt.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al Kadhimi has said he was unharmed during the drone attack on his home in the capital of Baghdad.
Hundreds of supporters of pro-Iran groups clashed with security forces in Iraq's capital, leaving more than 100 people injured as they vented their fury over last month's election result.
Iran-backed groups have lost significant ground in Iraq but Tehran still has some supporters to help it keep its influence over the neighbouring country.
With a little confidence in the country's political system, many ordinary Iraqis are likely to stay away from the ballot box while Shia-led parties like Muqtada al Sadr’s group are expected to dominate next month’s polls.
Conscription is highly politicised and the use of military and paramilitary institutions has become another lever for Iraqi politicians to exploit.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi opened the summit, saying the event embodies Iraq's vision for establishing better relations with the countries of the world, and our pledge to our people that Iraq will reclaim its leading role in the region.
Among the participants are archenemies Iran and Saudi Arabia, whose rivalry has often played out in Iraq and other countries across the region, including Yemen and Lebanon.
The US-led invasion created the destruction that paved the way for Iraq’s looting. Without political stability, the future of Iraq — and the artefacts — remain endangered.
US President Joe Biden and Iraqi PM Mustafa al Kadhimi seal agreement formally ending US combat mission in Iraq by the end of 2021, more than 18 years after US troops were sent to the Arab country.
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