2018-04-03 20:15:00

Iraq holds elections in May, and Iran is working hard to influence the outcome. Tehran seeks to consolidate its proxy militias that give it muscle within Iraq and, as with Lebanese Hezbollah, can be used across the region. Iran also wants to sustain sectarian, ethnic and political divisions to prevent Iraq’s re-emergence as a stable, independent power. Iran sees the U.S. as its key obstacle and is eager for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country.

Iran is in a strong position. Tehran-backed Shiite militias, created...