What’s Up In Iraq?

With the news focus on the elections and the ongoing implosion of the Democratic Party, there has been scant attention paid to Iraq (except for all the historical questions of whose judgment was better). There’s been new fighting in Basra reported, but very little in terms of context. Here’s one view of context, and it’s not good news. A quote:

In particular, the recent fighting in Basra and Baghdad is not at root a civil war between Iraqi Shia political factions, but an ongoing struggle between the Iraqi government and illegal militias organized, trained, equipped and funded by Iran.

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