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Nibras Kazimi

Nibras Kazimi writes at talisman-gate.com (English) and imarawatijara.com (Arabic). He was formerly a columnist for the New York Sun and Prospect Magazine. Kazimi is the author of “Syria Through Jihadist Eyes: A Perfect Enemy” (Hoover Institution Press, 2010).

Articles By Nibras Kazimi

In Soleimani’s Death, Khamenei’s Despair Over His Hopes to Reengineer the Iran Hierarchy By Nibras Kazimi - Jan 9, 2020

Iran lost more than its ablest commander, “resistance” icon and shadow foreign minister with the demise of Qassem Soleimani. It lost its future. Or at least a vision of the future that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had been carefully preparing for in coordination with the slain general. The Khamenei-Soleimani partnership is not well understood outside … Continue reading “In Soleimani’s Death, Khamenei’s Despair Over His Hopes to Reengineer the Iran Hierarchy”

Labyrinthine Iranian Politics in Choice of Iraqi Leaders By Nibras Kazimi - Oct 15, 2018

Immediately following the announcement of Iraq’s pick for president and prime minister-designate, US senator Marco Rubio tweeted out that the new line-up, nominally arrived at through political consensus among the biggest winners of last May’s parliamentary elections, had been “personally brokered” by Iranian General Qasem Soleimani of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and commander of its Quds Force. … Continue reading “Labyrinthine Iranian Politics in Choice of Iraqi Leaders”

How American Mismanagement in Iraq Gives Iran an Edge in Baghdad By Nibras Kazimi - Sep 13, 2018

On August 29, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the former president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masoud Barzani, beseeching him to support Iraq’s prime minister, Haider Al Abadi, for a second term, according to an American source with knowledge of the conversation. Barzani was non-committal. After all, Al Abadi was the one who … Continue reading “How American Mismanagement in Iraq Gives Iran an Edge in Baghdad”