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Iraq’s election result is a setback for U.S. & Iran

May 15, 2018, 7:25 AM EDT
Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr is on course to win Iraq’s parliamentary elections.
(Source: Ginnifer Adam/flickr)

The Sairoon Alliance of Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr is on course to win Iraq’s parliamentary elections, marking a big turnaround of fortunes for Iran-backed Shia militia chief Hadi al-Amiri's Fatah (Conquest) Coalition and the incumbent Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's Nasr (Victory) Coalition.

The surprise victory is a setback for the U.S. influence in the country after Washington backed Baghdad government to carry out sweeping operations against the Islamic State, notes The Guardian.

The outcome also sends a clear message to Iran that it cannot be a proxy ruler in Iraq after Tehran-backed Shia militias known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces were rebuffed by the voters, reports Al Jazeera.

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