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Abdulaziz Hakim and Iranian Strategy

Abdul Aziz Hakim, the leader of SCIRI, is in Washington.  He’s being portrayed as a moderate.  This is a mistake.  Iran is playing a clever game of bad-cop, worse-cop.  Iran supports both Muqtada and Hakim.  They share the same goal; there differences are only of style.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.


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