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Though Suleimani and Muhandis are dead, Iran is still deeply intrenched within the Iraqi government.
 
11/26/2020
 

Iraq: Still Firmly in Iran’s Grasp

Though Suleimani and Muhandis are dead, Iran is still deeply intrenched within the Iraqi government.

BY WARREN REINSCH

"The killing by [United States] air strike of Qassem Suleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis struck right at the core of the Iranian and militia projects in Iraq," wrote Michael Knights in the January 2020 CTC Sentinel produced by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. He called these two leaders the "central nervous system" of Iran’s strategy in Iraq. Many believed the Iranian threat would collapse after the U.S. drone strike; however, recent events show that Iran’s reign over Iraq is far from over.

On January 26, five 107-mm Katyusha rockets with 45-kilogram warheads were launched at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad; three rockets struck the compound and one rocket made a direct hit on the Embassy’s dining facility. According to Reuters, security sources say three people were injured in the barrage. The rocket launcher was found by Iraqi police in a nearby neighborhood.

 
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