With Syria’s Civil War turning more and more into a proxy war between foreign nations, Iraq’s position of “non-interference” is putting them in a difficult position of trying to placate both the United States and Iran, which are backing opposite sides.
With the US threatening to withdraw foreign aid from Iraq over the matter, Foreign Minister Zebari announced earlier today that it would start randomly searching Iranian civilian planes, apparently just to keep the US satisfied.
But the impact this will have on Iraq’s relationship with Iran, arguably the more important relationship for the Shi’ite dominated government, is unclear. Giving in to US pressure is nothing new for nations in the region, but with the Maliki government trying to prove its independence, the move could have serious ramifications.
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