Tehran’s Iraq Headache
THE SOURCE: “Iran’s Declining Influence in Iraq” by Babak Rahimi, in The Washington Quarterly, Winter 2012.
From Saddam Hussein’s fall in 2003 until 2009, Iran rapidly increased its influence in Iraq. Tehran quietly supported various Shiite militias, some of which attacked American troops, and flooded the country with intelligence operatives. To the great alarm of the United States, relations between hard-liners in Tehran and their coreligionists in the Shia-dominated regime in Baghdad warmed. State visits and trade deals followed.
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