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After Defeating Islamic State, Iraq’s Shiites Turn Ire Toward Government

After Defeating Islamic State, Iraq’s Shiites Turn Ire Toward Government by Isabel Coles and Ali Nabhan – Wall Street Journal

… In the last three years of war, Iraq’s Shiite-led government has overcome challenges posed by Sunni insurgents and Kurdish separatists. But now it faces a reckoning among its core Shiite constituency, including many who fought to keep the country united and paid with the deaths of their sons and fathers.

Those watching Iraq’s Shiite heartland see a hardening among the country’s majority. Discontent there, expressed in demands for better services and a growing disregard for state authority, poses risks to a unified and stable Iraq, according to Sajad Jiyad, the managing director of Baghdad-based think-tank al-Bayan.

“If they’re disgruntled, [or] protests break out, or victors come back from the battlefield and say…this system isn’t working for them—It’s all a danger,” he said…

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