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Changing of the Guard: New Iraqi Militia Trends and Responses

By Michael Knights, Hamdi Malik, Crispin Smith, 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.  Changing of the Guard: New Iraqi Militia Trends and Responses In the year since their most iconic leaders were killed, Iran-backed […]

US Designation of Kataib Hezbollah's Abu Fadak

By Michael Knights, 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. The U.S. Designation of Kataib Hezbollah's Abu Fadak The latest sanctions against a senior leader in the Iranian-backed terrorist militia are a reminder that such […]

The Future of Iran's Proxies in Iraq

By Michael Knights, 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. Back into the Shadows? The Future of Kata'ib Hezbollah and Iran's Other Proxies in Iraq Kata'ib Hezbollah was Iran's most favored militant group in Iraq […]

Pushing Back on Iraqi Militias: Weighing U.S. Options

By Michael Knights, 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. Pushing Back on Iraqi Militias: Weighing U.S. Options Although halting the escalation of militia attacks on American personnel is crucial, simply evacuating the Baghdad embassy […]

Details of PM's New Appointments to Key Institutions

By Michael Knights, 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. Kadhimi's Rolling Reshuffle (Part 2): Protecting Iraq's Economic Institutions and Borders On September 14, Baghdad announced a range of strategic leadership appointments for institutions tasked […]

Inside the Kadhimi Visit to Washington DC

By Michael Knights, 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. Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi led a large cabinet delegation to Washington D.C. for new sessions of the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue, topped off […]

On the Murder of Husham al-Hashemi

By Michael Knights, 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. On July 6, 2020, Iraq's most prolific security commentator Husham al-Hashemi was assassinated in Zayouna, a social melting pot neighborhood of east Baghdad. At 8:19 […]

The Future of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces

By Michael Knights, Hamdi Malik and Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, 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. Honored, Not Contained: The Future of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces Hastily raised when the Islamic State was knocking at […]

Despite Turmoil and Coronavirus, Iraqi Protests Continue

By Azhar Al-Rubaie, 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. Despite Political Turmoil and Coronavirus, Iraq's Protest Movement Continues With neighboring Iran one of the most severely affected areas of coronavirus, Iraqi authorities are also […]

Giving Iraq's Next Prime Minister Space to Succeed

By Michael Knights, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Giving Iraq's Next Prime Minister Space to Succeed As the next well-qualified, Iraqi-chosen candidate navigates the delicate ratification process, Washington can avoid disrupting his efforts […]

Restructuring the US Military Presence in Iraq

By Eric Bordenkircher, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Pivoting to the KRG: Restructuring the U.S. Military Presence in Iraq Since the start of the Iraq War in 2003, a defining element of American […]