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An illustration of Mustafa Al-Kadhimi using a rope to keep a truck, labeled with an Iraqi flag, from falling off a cliff.

Iraq’s new prime minister: What lies ahead (Part 2)

During his first month in office, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi has laid out a bold agenda on Iraq’s economy and security. But finding success will be much more challenging. Al-Kadhimi must keep Iran-backed militias at bay, while managing the future presence of U.S. troops and the lingering threat of the Islamic State. He must also root out corruption, calm public demonstrations, and squeeze Iraq’s economy out of an Iranian stranglehold — all while dealing with a shaky political alliance and possible threats from all sides.

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