Iraq Is Trying to Escape the Iranian Cage, and Tehran Isn't Happy

The Iraqi prime minister seeks to draw closer to the Arab world and the United States, ramping up efforts to influence the political elites ahead of upcoming elections

Zvi Bar'el
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On June 9, Ihab al-Wazni was killed. “Persons unknown” shot him near his home in the Shi’ite city of Karbala in Iraq, adding him to the list of more than 32 people these “unknowns” have killed since 2019. Like al-Wazni, who helped organize anti-government protests in Karbala, all the other people killed also played big roles in such protests.

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