Ali Mamouri

Shiite fighters chant slogans in al-Fatha, northeast of Beiji, Iraq, Oct. 18, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani)

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How Iraqis view Iran’s influence in their country

Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017 | Ali Mamouri, Columnist

Iranian statements on the role of Iraqi armed groups in protecting Iranian national interests are a violation of Iraq’s national sovereignty, Iraqi officials say.

Iraq's Shiite clerics show no love for Assad

Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017 | Ali Mamouri, Columnist

It shouldn't have come as a surprise when Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to relinquish power, as other Shiite leaders have previously also criticized the Assad regime.

How will Abadi handle Iraq’s Shiite militias?

Friday, Mar. 31, 2017 | Ali Mamouri, Columnist

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi faces a great challenge in dealing with the predominately Shiite Popular Mobilization Units fighting in Iraq, as some of its factions are refusing to be integrated into the army and other security forces.

Saudis make surprise trip to Iraq: Why now?

Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2017 | Ali Mamouri, Columnist

Saudi Arabia is making overtures to Iraq as Iran's influence expands in the region.

Shiite political differences widen gap between Najaf, Qom

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 | Ali Mamouri, Columnist

The political differences between Qom and Najaf clerics indicate a sharp conflict between the two schools after Ali al-Sistani, whose death will create a broad vacuum in the Shiite scene.

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Ali Mamouri is Al-Monitor's Iraq Pulse Editor and a researcher and writer who specializes in religion. He is a former teacher in Iranian universities and seminaries in Iran and Iraq. He has published several articles related to religious affairs in the two countries and societal transformations and sectarianism in the Middle East.

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