Hamdi Malik

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) meets with Iraqi Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 30, 2017.  (photo by Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS)

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What's behind controversial Iraqi cleric's visit to Saudi Arabia?

Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 | Hamdi Malik, Contributor

Top Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has shifted his domestic and regional policies, adopting a stance independent of Iran.

Iraq and Iran struggle for control over Popular Mobilization Units

Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 | Hamdi Malik, Contributor

The Popular Mobilization Units are divided into two rival groups, with some wanting to join the Iraqi army and others wanting to remain independent.

With IS on the way out, Iraqi power struggles pose major threat

Sunday, Jul. 23, 2017 | Hamdi Malik, Contributor

As Iraq struggles to contain pockets of Islamic State resistance following the liberation of Mosul, political differences and a power struggle between domestic groups threaten more conflict.

Is Iran running Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units?

Tuesday, Jul. 11, 2017 | Hamdi Malik, Contributor

Some leaders and members of Iraq's PMU are heavily swayed by Iran, which is pressuring Iraq to distance itself from the United States.

Iraqi factions divided over whether US troops stay

Wednesday, May. 17, 2017 | Hamdi Malik, Contributor

Despite strong opposition from influential Shiite factions ready to engage in military clashes with US forces, the Iraqi government wants an agreement with the United States to ensure that US troops remain in Iraq after the elimination of the Islamic State.

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Hamdi Malik

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Hamdi Malik is a doctoral student in sociology at Keele University, United Kingdom, and a researcher at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in London. He has published a number of articles on Iraqi affairs.

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