April 15, 2015

Abadi’s Baggage: Economy, Islamists, Tehran

By Nicholas Heras

There were no real fireworks on Day One of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s visit to Washington, just the steady drumbeat of closed door meetings and the promise of $200 million in American humanitarian aid to help Iraqis displaced by fighting with Islamic State militants.

But while Iraq is likely eager for more military assistance from the United States and its allies in its bloody struggle with the well-funded and well-armed Islamic State, little was said, so far, about Baghdad’s economic struggles — which will likely be a major focus of the visit.

During a brief question-and-answer session after their meeting on Tuesday afternoon, Obama and Abadi instead spoke to the issue of Iranian military advisors working alongside Iraqi Shiite militias who have been fighting side-by-side with the Iraqi army.

Read the full article at Foreign Policy.

  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...