Iraq's shock election result may be turning point for Iran

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Result is blow to US, but Iran will also lose out after Iraq’s protest against rule by proxy

The unexpectedly poor showing of Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s prime minister, in parliamentary elections has dealt a blow to US influence in the country. It was a poor return for American backing for the Baghdad government’s drive to extirpate Islamic State and regain lost territory.

But the bigger loser may be Iran, whose allies in Iraq’s Shia militias known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces were pushed into second place by Moqtada al-Sadr, the veteran nationalist. Put simply, Sadr believes Iraqis should run Iraqi affairs – not Washington, not Tehran and not their proxies.

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Source : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/15/iraq-shock-election-result-may-be-turning-point-for-iran
Auteur : Simon Tisdall
Date de parution : 15 May 2018 | 4:00 am