Iran in Iraq: How Strength Can Be a Vulnerability

| Ari Heistein
Nathaniel Rabkin
Ari Heistein

OPINION — With U.S.-Iran tensions rising after the re-imposition of nuclear sanctions, neighboring Iraq will likely emerge as a critical battleground in the U.S.-Iran contest. As the U.S. and its allies have pulled back from Iraq over the past decade, Iran has upped its engagement with local proxies to gain an advantage there – but Iran’s entanglement in Iraq also creates vulnerabilities that the U.S. and its allies can exploit in the struggle to curb Iran’s disruptive role in the region.

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The Author is Nathaniel Rabkin

Nathaniel Rabkin is the managing editor of Inside Iraqi Politics.

The Coauthor is Ari Heistein

Ari Heistein is Special Assistant, to the Director of INSS

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