From foe to friend: how Iran transformed post-war Iraq ties

In the four decades since Iran and Iraq went to war, Tehran has turned enmity into influence, seeing its allies installed in Baghdad’s halls of power and becoming its top trading partner.It’s a turn of events Aziz Jaber, a political science professor at Baghdad’s Mustansariyah University and a survivor of the conflict, never thought possible.”It would have been hard to imagine at the time that this would happen – that the parties linked to Iran would now hold the reins,” Jaber told AFP.Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded Iran on September 22, 1980, fearing the threat to his rule if Tehran’s …

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