Rising tensions between the United States and Iran have raised the prospect that Iraq will once again become a battleground on which the two countries are battling, and a cradle of attacks on US forces and their allies in the region, according to the Washington Post.
But recent developments suggest that the Iraqi government is trying to "cut" the wings of Iranian-allied factions operating in Iraq. In return, Tehran wants its Middle East proxies to step up pressure on US interests, the Washington Post said.
Iraqi officials worry that their country will get involved in the conflict, with fears mounting after the attack on two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.
Iraqi officials were embarrassed when it was reported that the attack did not come from the Iranian-backed Houthi group in Yemen, but from Iraqi territory, according to Western lawmakers and officials.
CNN quoted an informed source as saying the drone attack took off from Iraq and not from Yemen. But Iraq then officially denied all the news.
One lawmaker, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi was "very angry" after the news.
The news was followed by a "tense" meeting between Abdul Mahdi and Faleh al-Fayyad, head of the Popular Mobilization Commission, according to a number of people familiar with the meeting, who were quoted by the American newspaper.
One of them said that Abdul Mahdi called Fayyad attention to these developments, and firmly demanded to solve the problem of security slip and return the crowd to the hands of the state.
Another Iraqi official pointed out that the situation is very sensitive, and address it will be important, because the crowd has become a time bomb, and the Prime Minister to deal with, but it depends on the flood and the way to deal with different factions.
Faleh Al Fayad
After US officials blamed Iran for the attack, both US and Iraqi officials appeared relatively confident this time that Iraq was not the source of the attack.
"Notice the confidence. The Prime Minister immediately issued a statement denying that the attack came from Iraq, where he was sure this time, ”referring to the US assertion on where the attack was launched.
The Saudi Ministry of Defense has announced that the attack on Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Hijra Khurais started from the north with Iranian support. Ministry spokesman Turki al-Maliki offered evidence of Iran's involvement in the attack, which has become an international consensus that Tehran is behind it.
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