An entire generation of Iraqis have been robbed of their childhoods and those responsible for the devastation will never face accountability.
New American intelligence report rules out Chinese meddling in the 2020 US presidential elections.
It is an unprecedented power spread, but Washington has established military bases and deployed troops across all seven continents.
Iran can capitalise on Soleimani's legacy in the short-term, but the Islamic republic has no replacement on the horizon.
Despite increasing attacks led by Iran-backed Shia militias in Baghdad, Washington wants to avoid a major escalation of tensions ahead of the crucial US elections. Tehran has its own reasons to de-escalate.
Recently, several US soldiers pleaded guilty to stealing money earmarked for Afghanistan reconstruction, but it’s not the first time Americans have been caught stealing from other countries’ pockets.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has recently adopted an unusually aggressive tone against Washington and with his Iraq visit, experts say the Shia leader wants to send a message to both his internal and external rivals that he can hold his ground.
Sistani has been one of the most influential religious leaders in Iraqi politics since the US invasion of Iraq. While his word is not law - it cannot be ignored.
As US president Donald Trump says he wants American troops in Iraq to watch over Iran, experts say the real aim could be to prepare for a war with Tehran.
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.
Iraq's current system of democracy is hardwired for sectarianism, but its discontents suffer without prejudice.
Iraqi elections' big winner Moqtada al Sadr promised a non-corrupt political system, less sectarian division, and sovereignty under a coalition he wants to create. But the challenge of realising them is bigger than forming a government.
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