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04/10/2020 Iraq (International Christian Concern) – Iraq’s struggle to name a Prime Minister continues to be an example of why so many Christians point to an absence of law as a driver of persecution. Iraq has gone through three Prime Minister designates this year, with Mustafa al-Khadimi receiving the latest nomination on April 9th.

Al-Khadimi was the head of Iraq’s National Intelligence Service. Upheaval surrounding the Prime Minister position comes as Iran attempts to maintain its political and military influence in Iraq. This has become a priority for Iran following a US airstrike in Baghdad which killed key leaders who facilitated the Iran-Iraq relationship.

Iran’s attempts to strengthen their position through Iraq’s Prime Minister has led to dangerous posturing between the many armed groups within the country. Christians remember the early 2000s and how competing militias and an absence of government led to the first massive wave of persecution which then led to immigration. Many have no expectations that an alternate to this kind of environment can exist within Iraq. This problem becomes further exacerbated in the Nineveh Plains, where most Christians live and where Iranian backed militias control the environment.

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