How the Post-ISIS Vacuum in Iraq Will Test Relations Between Turkey and Iran

A Humvee belonging to Iraq's federal police drives through an abandoned street in western Mosul, Iraq, May 2, 2017 (AP photo by Bram Janssen).
A Humvee belonging to Iraq's federal police drives through an abandoned street in western Mosul, Iraq, May 2, 2017 (AP photo by Bram Janssen).
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As the Iraqi army comes closer to fully reconquering Mosul from the self-proclaimed Islamic State, questions are emerging about the future of relations between two of Iraq’s neighbors, Turkey and Iran. Will the quest for influence in Iraq’s Sunni heartland lead to greater turbulence between Ankara and Tehran? Are they, as some warn, on an unavoidable collision course in Iraq? Turkey is worried that gains made by Iraq’s Shiite-majority government, which is friendly with Iran, only serve to expand Tehran’s influence over Sunni areas in northern Iraq. More worrying for Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan is the potential for a […]

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