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.
The two rivals held first direct talks in years, but experts say several sticking points remain.
The week-long clashes have continued after security forces fired to disperse protesters, who were trying to storm the provincial government building using rocks and Molotov cocktails.
Iraqi security forces have been facing mounting pressure after a January 21 attack in central Baghdad that killed 32 people.
For outsiders, all Shia groups know just one master, Iran, a Shia-majority country. But recent escalations between the two Shia groups disprove that understanding.
The currency devaluation will hurt ordinary Iraqis, but it was inevitable.
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