Why Iraq Remains Ripe for a U.S.-Iran Confrontation

Omar Lamrani
Senior Military Analyst, Stratfor
Emily Hawthorne
Middle East and North Africa Analyst, Stratfor
Feb 4, 2020 | 10:30 GMT
Iraqis run for cover during an anti-government demonstration in Baghdad on Jan. 23, 2020. Protests have rocked Iraq since October but recently had abated amid spiraling tensions between the country's key allies, the United States and Iran.

Protesters run for cover on a highway in Baghdad during a Jan. 23 anti-government demonstration. Amid escalating political unrest, the Iraqi government will struggle to keep the country's armed militias from conducting an attack that pushes the United States and Iran toward war.

(AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images)

Amid escalating protests, the Iraqi government will struggle to keep Iran's many armed and capable proxies in the country from conducting an attack that pushes the U.S. and Tehran toward war....

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