The United States is raising the stakes against what it calls threats from Iran.

President Donald Trump is sending an extra 1,500 troops to the Middle East.

He's also bypassing the US Congress to sell billions of dollars of weapons to Iran's rivals, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Iran's neighbour, Iraq, is vowing support and offering to mediate.

At the same time, Iraq is wary of straining relations with the US. How should leaders in Baghdad handle this balancing act?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


Andreas Kreig - Assistant professor, defence studies department, King's College London

Sami Nader - Director, The Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs

Robert Gutsche - Associate professor of journalism and media, Lancaster University

Source: Al Jazeera News