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Iran's Strategic Offensive in Iraq

The Queens Royal Lancers on patrol in Maysan Province, Iraq, bordering Iran. (Source: Defence Image Database)

In recent months, the Iranian regime has reinvigorated its use of hard and soft power tactics in Iraq as a means to undermine the American presence in Iraq and exert greater influence over the Iraqi government’s policies. Through its actions Iran is demonstrating that it is willing and capable of both exploiting the Iraqi state and killing Americans.  

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Marisa Cochrance serves as research manager at the Institute for the Study of War