Apr. 14, 2017
America and Iran Are Jostling for Influence over Iraq (Economist-UK)
Officially, Iran has only 95 military advisers in Iraq, compared with America’s 5,800 soldiers. In reality, an adviser to the prime minister confides, Iran’s forces outnumber America’s at least five to one.
Iran’s hidden hand is everywhere. “The Americans are more powerful,” says Hashim al-Hashemi, an Iraqi security analyst in Baghdad, “but the Iranians are more dangerous. They have penetrated every organ of state.”