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Iraq

I. Why it Matters

Iraq has been an arena for U.S.-Iran competition – and even indirect cooperation at times – since the 2003 U.S. invasion. The country’s adjacency and Iran’s support of paramilitary groups provides Tehran with particular advantages relative to other theatres, and Iraq has emerged as a key flashpoint for U.S.-Iran tensions during the “maximum pressure” era. These manifest directly, as witnessed in the January 2020 killing of Qassem Soleimani and retaliatory Iranian strikes on Iraq bases hosting U.S. forces, and indirectly through attacks by Iran-backed militias on U.S. and allied interests. To maintain the tenuous stability Iraq has achieved in the immediate post-ISIS era, Iraqi leadership tries to strike balance between Baghdad’s two key allies.

II. Recent Developments

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