Iraq’s Political Crisis Points to Iran’s Weakening Influence in Baghdad

BAGHDAD — As a bitter struggle for power in Iraq approaches its 11th month, there is one thing that unifies rival Shia factions: none of them wants to be seen as too close to Tehran.

For almost two decades since the US invasion toppled the Iraqi dictator Saddam HusseinIran has forged strong ties with its neighbor, defying American efforts and supporting a network of militias that is helping Tehran expand its reach. Iran, which is overwhelmingly Shia, has helped keep Iraq’s Shia majority united and empowered, often to Tehran’s advantage.

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