Ali Mamouri

Iraqi Kurdish protesters hold a banner and wave flags of their autonomous Kurdistan region during a demonstration calling for its independence, Erbil, Iraq, July 3, 2014. (photo by SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

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Shiite Kurds challenge Iraqi Kurdistan independence

Monday, Jul. 17, 2017 | Ali Mamouri, Columnist

In addition to international bodies, regional powers and Baghdad, the Shiite Kurdish group known as Feylis is also fundamentally opposed to Kurdistan’s secession from Iraq.

Islamic parties intimidate, fear atheists in Iraq

Friday, Jun. 23, 2017 | Ali Mamouri, Columnist

Islamic parties in Iraq have intensified their rhetoric against atheists, with one prominent cleric calling for them to be confronted with an "iron fist."

Iraq, Qatar grow closer in wake of Gulf crisis

Sunday, Jun. 11, 2017 | Ali Mamouri, Columnist

Following the tension between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the relationship between Iraq and Qatar has become strong and many Iraqi politicians support Qatar against Saudi Arabia.

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.

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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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