REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah - Members of the Kurdish peshmerga stand guard at a checkpoint at Tuz Khurmato village in Salahuddin Province June 26, 2014.
Last week, Iraq’s embattled prime minister Nuri al-Maliki decided to step down after weeks of political posturing. Kenneth M. Pollack, senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy, warns that although significant, this political change is no cause for celebration: the central government in Baghdad will continue to face a number of problems on the political front, in addition to their ongoing fight against Islamic State fighters (ISIS) and the other Sunni militant groups. Pollack argues that the role of Iran and the Marja’iya should not be understated, and that the Obama administration’s reaction to the rapid developments in Iraq will be crucial in the weeks and months ahead. Read More ›