Opinion Saudi Arabia Once Wrote Off Iraq as a Win for Iran. But Now, the Saudi Crown Prince Is Advancing on Baghdad

Riyadh has forged an unlikely alliance with Baghdad's new kingmaker, Muqtada al-Sadr, a Shi'ite militant-turned-Iraqi nationalist. But do the Saudis have the self-control not to escalate tensions with Iran to a point of no return?

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As its military efforts to counter Iran’s advance elsewhere in the Middle East founder, Saudi Arabia is pursuing a soft power push in Iraq to try to stem Iranian encroachment. Its tactics of investment, trade...