Foreign Military Presence in Iraq in Light of the Iran-U.S. Rivalry

Author
Sara Nowacka
Content Type
Special Report
Institution
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Abstract
Iraq remains an area of rivalry between the U.S. and Iran. The latest example was the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad by the U.S. in January. The Iraqi parliament then demanded the withdrawal of all foreign military troops. However, the fear of the resurgence of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) and continued protests against Iranian influence, ongoing since October 2019, may lead the Iraqi authorities to alter their position. An alternative option to request a NATO mission to take over some of the activities of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS may be a good solution.
Topic
NATO, Military Affairs, Islamic State, Military Intervention, Qassem Soleimani
Political Geography
Iraq, Iran, Middle East, North America, United States of America