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Iraqis from across the political spectrum all say that incidents of cheating were higher this time than in any of Iraq’s previous elections.

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shi-ite cleric Muqtada al-sadr

No one in Baghdad, Najaf, or Washington should accept the sincerity of Sadr’s transformation.

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Lebanon iraq elections

In both Lebanon and Iraq, the US has, or once had, a chance to challenge Iran at relatively low cost. But as we have already in Lebanon, and Iraq too, I fear, we will miss that chance.

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Despite winning a narrow plurality, Muqtada al-Sadr will have limited ability to form a governing coalition. AEI’s Ken Pollack looks ahead to what could be next for governance in Iraq.

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By condemning Israel for defending itself, the U.N. is giving a free pass to the actions of Hamas that run in contravention of the rules of war.

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Whether Iraqis, Iranians, and Americans like it or not, traditionally both Tehran and Washington have an unofficial veto over the premiership in Baghdad. There is no time more crucial than now to negotiate and, if necessary, wield that veto.

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While shifting strategic relations in the region present some new opportunities for the Kurds, the new reality in the Middle East will likely not translate into an official American embrace of Kurdish nationalism any time soon.

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His erudition was an established fact, as was his beautiful writing, sheer love of his subject, and ability, Gandalf-like, to weave the threads of history around his readers like a magical spell.

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The Iraqi people deserve better than what they are likely to get from this election and the politicking that will follow.

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If Trump and his administration allow delivery of F-35s to Turkey, they will be betraying U.S. intelligence to America’s enemies and putting American lives at risk.

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