"For obvious reasons, the Iranians don't talk publicly about what they are up to in Iraq," but "it is clear that Iran has the ability to wield considerable influence in Iraq today," Kenneth M. Pollack, a senior fellow in the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, wrote last June 3.
According to an article presented by
Tehran Bureau, the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), and the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars and published late in November last year,
"Iran does not have an interest in Iraq pumping additional oil. It does not
To all indications, Iran and US, whether in competition or cooperation, will continue for a long period to come to compromise the sovereignty and independence of Iraq, but "One has to always remember that throughout Iraq's recent existence, it has been a very nationalist country" and will not succumb to a status of a client state either to the United States or to Iran, in view of the Washington-based, Tony Cordesman, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), quoted by Al -- Arabia satellite TV station on July 25 last year.* Nicola Nasser is a veteran Arab journalist based in Birzeit, West Bank of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. Email address removed