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Iran's Religious Surge in Iraq

ByDANIEL BRODE
June 6, 2012 10:42

Iran aims to use revolutionary Shiite Islam to gain influence in Iraq.

Iraq Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki

Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki 370. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Iran has long sought to spread its Islamic revolution into neighboring Iraq. With late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and the US out and Shiites in control, Iraq’s leaders are now intent on rebuilding their country as a regional Shiite power.

But first, they must pacify radical Sunni elements and unite the divided Shiite sects.

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