Tag Archives | Shia

Iran's Dilemma in Managing Shiite Conflicts in Iraq

By Firas Elias for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iran's Dilemma in Managing Shiite Conflicts in Iraq Iran has recently adopted a more hands-off approach in Iraqi politics, hoping that the internal fractures will […]

Economic Costs of Iraq's Intra-Shia Power Struggle

By Hannan Hussain, for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Economic Costs of Iraq's Intra-Shia Power Struggle The economic consequences of political deadlock serve neither the interests of rival political blocs nor the Iraqi public. […]

From Parliament to Street: Iraq's Emerging Politics of Domination

By Hamzeh Hadad, for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. From parliament to street: Iraq's emerging politics of domination Much of Iraq's post-war history has been a question of survival of the state. Now, […]

Al-Sadr uses Personal Diplomacy in search of Iraqi Deal

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Muqtada Sadr uses personal diplomacy in search of Iraqi deal Populist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is seeking to close the deal among Iraq's Shiite parties. Click here to read the […]

The Conflict at the Heart of Iraq's Intra-Shiite Deadlock

From Amwaj Media. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The conflict at the heart of Iraq's intra-Shiite deadlock It is impossible to accurately predict the ultimate outcome of Iraq's Oct. 10 parliamentary elections. The wide-ranging discussions that are under way to form […]

Sistani vs. the Militias: The Future of Iraqi Sovereignty

By Hamdi Malik, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Sistani vs. the Militias: The Future of Iraqi Sovereignty The international community needs to pay more attention to developments in Najaf, where Sistani-backed groups are […]

Can US-Sunni Alliance lure Baghdad away from Tehran?

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  There are strong indications that Gulf states want to keep Iraq away from Iran's influence by including Iraq under the banner of a US-backed Sunni Arab alliance. The […]

Muqtada al-Sadr Presents his Political Successor

By Omar Sattar for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq's firebrand Shiite cleric presents his political successor In a meeting with the ministers of defense and interior in Muqtada al-Sadr's Najaf office May 3, Sadr's nephew Ahmed al-Sadr […]

Shiite Trio Competes for Power in Iraq

By Ammar Alsawad for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  On Feb. 28, hundreds of pro-Sadrist university students in Kut attacked Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's procession with stones and water bottles. Abadi's security forces fired tear gas and live […]

Has US found a New Friend in Iraq's Shiite Militias?

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. On March 12, US Consul General Steve Walker visited Al-Sadr Teaching Hospital in Basra to pay his respects to wounded members of the Popular Mobilization Units. The visit marked the first time […]