America Is Pitched Against Its Former Iranian Allies in Iraq

One of my several press badges issued by US Army in Kuwait during Operation Enduring Freedom. These badges were required while accompanying coalition forces inside Iraq. I was reporting for Alrai, one of the largest media houses in the Gulf. (Credit: Ahmed Quraishi)

The Iran-backed militias that played a key role in the successful American invasion of Iraq in 2003 are today gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The protesters who attacked the embassy come from militias and groups that today are part of the Iraqi government but profess open loyalty to the neighboring government of Iran. And yet, they have been partners with America in…