News Politics: Another possible crisis is developing in Iraq while the world is focused on Ukraine. Since last October, the war-torn nation has been without a president. Find out why here.
Iraq’s two major political parties are still at odds, according to MENA Leadership Center Vice President Fadi Shareiha. He continues, “One of them is pro-Iran; both don’t agree on how to move forward.” Everything is essentially on hold since they cannot agree on a president or even a prime minister. Since the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, this political standoff has lasted the longest. Iraq at the time entered a civil war. View a chronology of Iraq’s turbulent shift to civil rule.
Several years ago, the Islamic State (also known as Daesh) leveraged Iraq’s political instability to gain a foothold in the country. “When Daesh came overnight, Christians were thrown out of their homes. Some Christian women were raped; some Christians were robbed. Join us and pray that this will not happen again,” Sharaiha requests.
The region cannot afford another shockwave of instability and refugees, Sharaiha explains. “Jordan cannot afford more refugees; Lebanon cannot afford any more; Syria is in a war,” he says. Plus, “what is happening in Iraq is being decided outside of Iraq. It is a very complicated deal,” Sharaiha says. More about that here.
Unlike some of Iraq’s people groups, like the Kurds, Iraqi Christians “do not have militias, so they are not armed. They don’t have anybody to defend them but God Himself,” he adds.“Pray war will not happen in Iraq. Please pray that Christians will be secure and protected by the Lord.”
While the Iranian militia claims the US is behind the chaos, analysts and former US officials say that, far from demonstrating Washington’s ability to drive events in Iraq, the unfolding crisis marks the US’ dwindling power, and interest, in the country.
“The US has relatively little to do with what’s going on in Iraq, and has few ways to influence it in a positive or negative way,” Douglas Silliman, president of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, DC and a former US ambassador to Iraq, told Middle East Eye.