Deadly protests set stage for Iran, US tug-of-war over Iraq

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Deadly protests set stage for Iran, US tug-of-war over IraqIraq’s deadliest wave of protests since the 2003 ouster of dictator Saddam Hussein has made the country vulnerable to a battle for influence between its two main competing allies, the United States and Iran, analysts say. The anti-government protests that erupted on October 1 echoed the demands that young Iraqis have made over recent years. “Without this context, Iran would not have intervened,” Iraqi political analyst Munqith Dagher said.


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