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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.
US continues buildup of Iraqi Kurdish forces
Friday, May. 12, 2017 | Hamdi Malik, Contributor
The United States is supporting the Kurdistan Region by developing its military forces, but the support is a balancing act with Baghdad as they oppose building an independent Kurdish army.
Will al-Qaeda and IS unite?
Monday, May. 1, 2017 | Hamdi Malik, Contributor
Several reports indicate that an alliance between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State may take place in Iraq after the liberation of Mosul.
Will Iraqi government-PMU disputes spiral into armed clashes?
Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017 | Hamdi Malik, Contributor
With the Islamic State nearly defeated in Iraqi cities, disputes between PMU-affiliated Shiite factions and the Iraqi government have surfaced, threatening future military clashes between them.
Can Iran stop Iraqi Kurdistan independence?
Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017 | Hamdi Malik, Contributor
Iraqi Kurdish political forces have recently increased their calls for a referendum on Kurdish independence, but Iran may try to prevent this from happening.