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Damage to Iraqi “prestige” caused by pro-Iranian militias: FA report


The damage to the Iraqi state’s “prestige” has come mainly from pro-Iranian militant groups who answer to the commanders of the Iranian IRGC, rather than to Iraq’s commander in chief, according to a Foreign Affairs report.


Previous Iraqi administrations tried, but ultimately failed, to limit the influence of the Iranian-backed Iraqi armed militias, the report said.


Former PM Abd al-Mahdi increased Iraqi IMIS budget by 20% in 2019 and enabled the Iranian-backed militias to expand their presence in strategic regions, including along the Iraqi-Syrian border, according to the report.