April 14, 2022

IntelBrief: Attacks Escalate Amid Baghdad’s Political Deadlock

AP Photo/Hadi Mizban

Bottom Line Up Front

  • Iran and the militias to which it provides backing and support have escalated attacks in an effort to influence the formation of a new national government in Iraq.
  • Iraq’s Kurdish leaders are at odds over which faction will control Iraq’s presidency.
  • Iraqi factions aligned with Iran have blocked efforts by popular Shia cleric Moqtada Al Sadr to form an Iraqi government that marginalizes them.
  • Tehran and its allies in Iraq will not shrink from the further use of violence to achieve political objectives.