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US presures Iraq over militias linked to Iran

US presures Iraq over militias linked to Iran

ABOARD THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE’S AIRPLANE TO KUWAIT — The United States’ attempts to isolate Iran, including by punishing Iraqi militias and politicians who are supported by Iranian officials, has deepened tensions not only between Washington and Baghdad but also within the Trump administration.

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Rouhani's visit to Iraq and the Syria policy

Rouhani's visit to Iraq and the Syria policy

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s recent landmark trip to Iraq was closely monitored and discussed from various aspects by the media and analysts around the world. Some observers put their focus on the bilateral aspect, talking about the importance of the visit in terms of Iran’s growing influence in Iraq, while others analyzed it within the context of Iran’s plans to overcome the US sanctions. There have been also debates on the meaning of Rouhani’s trip for internal political divisions in Iran and Iraq.

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What Iraq gains in relations with Iran

What Iraq gains in relations with Iran

Former Middle East Director General of the Iranian Foreign Ministry believes: “Under the circumstances, Iraq is not empowered to mediate between Iran and the US or certain other Arab countries in the region. The Iraqis are simply trying to show all parties they are interested in keeping on friendly terms with all regional countries and the US to prevent the eruption of further crises in their country.”

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Achievements of Iranian President’s trip to Iraq

Achievements of Iranian President’s trip to Iraq

Upon his return to Tehran, the Iranian President described his trip to Iraq as a turning point in relations between the two countries and expressed hope that this will be a cornerstone for deeper ties in the interests of both countries.

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Why did Iraq's top cleric meet with Rouhani?

Why did Iraq's top cleric meet with Rouhani?

Ostensibly, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Iraq was meant to deepen economic ties between the two neighbors, historically divided by political and sectarian enmities as much as they are connected by geography. The trip was also meant to demonstrate to the U.S. that Tehran and Baghdad would still do business with each other, despite the Trump administration’s sanctions on Iran.

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Iran's response to remarks by Brian Hook

Iran's response to remarks by Brian Hook

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi has denounced the meddlesome remarks made by an American official on mutual ties between Iran and Iraq, saying the Islamic Republic will never ask for any country’s permission to maintain its ties with its neighbor.

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