2/6/18 Elijah Magnier on Iran’s waning influence in Iraq

2/6/18 Elijah Magnier on Iran’s waning influence in Iraq

Veteran war correspondent Elijah Magnier returns to the show to discuss his latest article, “Iran is Losing Influence in Iraq: Is Qassem Soleimani the Right Person?” Magnier breaks down the degree to which Iraq and Iran see eye to eye about policy, the political climate in the lead up to elections in Iraq, and explains how it came to be that the Iraqis rejected the aid of their long-term ally Soleimani. Magnier then returns to the Sunni insurgency in Iraq over a decade ago and describes the intricate web of support for the Sunni insurgents, including from their historical Shia enemies. From there Magnier turns to Muqtada al-Sadr and details his rise to power and fame in the fight against the United States. Finally Magnier discusses the recent Turkish offensive in Syrian Kurdistan and explains why he thinks the Turkish are in a very precarious position.

Elijah Magnier is the chief international correspondent at Al Rai and a political and terrorism/counterterrorism analyst. Find all his work at elijahjm.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter @ejmalrai.

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Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of Antiwar.com, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from ScottHorton.org. He’s the author of the 2017 book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan and editor of The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019. He’s conducted more than 5,500 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna Horton. He is a fan of, but no relation to the lawyer from Harper’s. Scott’s Twitter, YouTube, Patreon.

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