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New Iraqi Government Unlikely to Cozy Up to Iran

May 18, 2018 | 18:11 GMT
A supporter of Muqtada al-Sadr holds up a picture of the Shiite leader as Iraqis celebrate in Baghdad on May 14, 2018.

A man holds up a picture of Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr as Iraqis celebrate in Baghdad on May 14, 2018. An alliance run by al-Sadr appeared to be the winner of Iraq's May 12 parliamentary election.

(AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

While the ramifications of the May 12 parliamentary elections in Iraq will take months to shake out, three key points are clear. In the first election since the military defeat of the Islamic State, no polling site was hit by a major attack and no major security incident was reported,...

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