Is Iran Losing Its Grip on Its Proxy Militias in Iraq?

A protester prays near a poster showing Hisham al-Hashimi, an Iraqi analyst who was shot dead near outside his home in Baghdad in early July, Baghdad, Iraq, July 12, 2020 (AP photo by Khalid Mohammed).
A protester prays near a poster showing Hisham al-Hashimi, an Iraqi analyst who was shot dead near outside his home in Baghdad in early July, Baghdad, Iraq, July 12, 2020 (AP photo by Khalid Mohammed).
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Earlier this month, a prominent researcher and security expert in Iraq, who was close to the new prime minister and to Western governments, was gunned down outside his home in Baghdad. While the identify of his assailants remains unknown, Hisham al-Hashimi had many enemies, given his history of speaking out against the Islamic State and against Iraq’s powerful Shiite militias. In the weeks leading up to his murder, he told friends and relatives that he had received serious threats from both Sunni and Shiite extremists. His associates, as well as Iraqi government officials, have focused in particular on Kataib Hezbollah, […]

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