What’s going on in Iraq?

In the past few weeks, Iraq has been increasingly roiled by protests: not against ISIS (though attacks have been increasing), but against the central government. Led by Muqtada al-Sadr, the protestors took over the Green Zone, and then gave it back. The debate is about the new members of the cabinet in the central government, who the Prime Minister is now trying to get confirmed by parliament (and so far failing). Sadr is a polarizing figure in Iraq, both now and since 2003. Does this represent him turning over a new leaf? Do these protests bode well, or ill, for the future of Iraq?


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