January 19, 2018

Tehran’s Strategic Defeat in Iraq

Huffington Post
Alireza Jafarzadeh
Author, The Iran Threat
Posted: April 6, 2010

The March 7 parliamentary elections have heralded a new era for Iraq, pushing aside the incumbent Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki and officials with ties to Iran while opening way for a new slate of politicians hoping to mend serious sectarian divides. But, as a U.S. military official in Iraq told the Washington Post, Maliki and his allies “have no intention of giving up their regime,” something that could threaten the hard earned post-election gains for progress and stability and harm US troops withdrawal timetable.

“These are people who were exiled and who’ve risen to power almost overnight because we brought them back to power,” the official was quoted as saying. “Now they’re going to lose that relative lock on power through these elections,” which explains the Maliki bloc’s frantic reaction to its defeat…(Read More)