Magazine November 13, 2017, Issue

Iraq’s Dangerous Moment

Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi; Former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki (Al-Abadi: Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images; Al-Maliki: Sabah Arar/AFP/Getty Images)
Nationalists and Iran sympathizers vie for power in Baghdad

Since 2014, the campaign against the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) has kept Iraq’s various political factions, both in Baghdad and within Iraqi Kurdistan, uneasily aligned against a common enemy. But with the defeat of IS in Iraq now approaching, sectarian tensions have resurfaced rapidly. So what happens next?

The stakes are high for Washington. Unlike the case of Syria — which was clearly not a U.S. ally before the campaign against Islamic State began, and where the reality of Bashar al-Assad’s hold on power is reluctantly acknowledged by the West — in Iraq, the future of

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