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Ayad Allawi: What if the US pulls out of Iraq?

Former Iraqi vice-president Ayad Allawi is a Shia politician who reaches out to Sunni and Kurdish parties. What do rising tensions between the US and Iran mean for his country?

America’s targeted killing of Iran’s top general, Qasem Soleimani, has spread new fears of war across the Middle East. The key protagonists are in Washington and Tehran, but the main stage for the conflict may well be Iraq, as Soleimani was assassinated in Baghdad. Iraq is now under intense pressure to pick sides. Stephen Sackur interviews Ayad Allawi, who was the country’s vice-president twice. Does the current crisis spell disaster for Iraq?

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Ayad Allawi (Credit: Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images)


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