Middle East | Iraq's Shiite leaders shrugging off Iran? Don't bet on it

Iraq’s Shiite leaders shrugging off Iran? Don’t bet on it

Their 'defections' are likely more of a re-branding stunt aimed at polishing their image in non-Shiite circles. The fact is that Muqtada al-Sadr, Ammar al-Hakim and Nuri al-Malki would be political nobodies had it not been for Iranian backing

July 29, 2017 10:13 AM (UTC+8)
Ammar al-Hakim, pictured on June 2, 2016. Photo: AFP / Haidar Hamdani
Ammar al-Hakim, pictured on June 2, 2016. Photo: AFP / Haidar Hamdani
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