The New Iraqi Prime Minister Wants to Loosen Iran’s Grip on His Country

July 24 2020

Shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein to American-led forces, Tehran began expanding its influence into Iraq and carrying out attacks on U.S. forces there. The war against Islamic State a decade later allowed the mullahs to create the “popular mobilization forces” (PMF)—a network of Iraqi Shiite militias operating in tandem with, but independently from, the Iraqi military—which of late have been firing rockets at American bases. By simultaneously cultivating influence in the Iraqi government, Iran has managed to make the country part of its “land bridge” connecting it, via Syria and Lebanon, to the Mediterranean and to Israel’s borders. Yaron Schneider explores the possibility that Baghdad’s new prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, will bring change:

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Hamas and Fatah Compete by Shedding Jewish Blood

During the past four weeks, there has been a rash of violent attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank. These are not a response to any Israeli actions, nor are they spontaneous outbursts. Rather, as Itamar Marcus and Maurice Hirsch explain, the violence is the result of deliberate incitement by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which began when its president, Mahmoud Abbas, realized he was unlikely to win the upcoming national elections. The violence, write Marcus and Hirsch, was originally a way to win votes, and is now a way to maintain popularity after Abbas’s decision to postpone the elections in definitely:

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More about: Fatah, Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian terror