Video Duration 24 minutes 35 seconds
From: Inside Story

Is Iraqi PM able to confront pro-Iran militia?

Mustafa Kadhimi’s leadership put to test after recent wave of attacks.

Since taking office in May, Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has been tackling a number of international and domestic challenges.

However, his main policy has been to reduce the stranglehold Iran-backed militias have had on large parts of the country’s security forces since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

But al-Kadhimi’s ability to succeed is being questioned.

On December 20, at least eight rockets struck Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone.

The arrest of a senior leader in Qais Khazali’s Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia for his involvement in the attack has opened up the possibility of a confrontation between the government and armed groups.

How much of a threat do the militia pose?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom


Michael Pregent – senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and former adviser to Iraqi security forces

Ali Akbar Dareini – researcher at the Center for Strategic Studies