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Iraq’s desire not to alienate the US and avoid a superfluous confrontation with Israel would not be the decisive factor.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that anybody that threatened to wipe Israel out "would put themselves in a similar danger."
“The implementation of this threat would represent a change in the rules and an attempt by Tel Aviv to expand the map of the game,” the Arabic website Al-Jarida wrote.
Iran’s border with Iraq is porous and there is little coordination between the security forces of the two countries.
Whether Iraq gets Sadr’s brand of nationalism or Amiri’s brand of Tehran hegemony, Iraq has beguiled US policymakers again.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
The problem for Tehran is that it cannot risk a major conflict with Israel.
Iran’s influence is clear but people remain critical of Baghdad, Tehran and the West.
Bahram Qassemi, the spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry, also said a powerful Iran was good for the region, as the country promotes peace and security.
By AVRAHAM GOLD
The paramilitaries, or Popular Mobilization Forces, are mostly trained and backed by Iran, so Abadi risks angering his most powerful regional backer.
By AHMED RASHEED/REUTERS
Iran, which has its own Kurdish minority, also opposed independence for Iraqi Kurds.
The Iraq-Saudi alliance is meant to anchor what may be a broader involvement of Saudi Arabia, not only in Iraq but also in eastern Syria.
"Don't trust America... It will harm you in the future," Iran's supreme leader Khamenei told Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi.
Country’s Shia take page from Hezbollah playbook.
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