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Reactionary Arabs’ dangerous game in Iraq
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After the slight easing of the crisis in Syria over the past few months, neighboring Iraq has become the focal point of new plots devised by the Turkish-Arab-Israeli triumvirate. 
 
Iran is once again the main target of the plots, and with the support of the United States, the reactionary Arabs are making every effort to weaken the Shia-dominated government in Baghdad, which is regarded as one of Iran’s major allies in the region. 
 
However, regional governments that are fanning the flames of sectarian strife in Iraq are making a big mistake, and such a dangerous political game could have serious repercussions for the entire region. The intensification of separatist movements in Iraq would slide the country toward disintegration. This would certainly have a contagious effect in other countries since most of them are made up of various religious and ethnic groups. Over the short term, the reactionary Arabs may become satisfied by undermining the rule of the Shia government in Iraq, but over the long term, they will definitely see similar separatist movements arise in their own countries.
 
To better control the volatile situation, the Iraqi government should strengthen its democratic credentials to boost its legitimacy. It should also clarify the potential consequences of this scenario for the Iraqi people in order to inform them about the main objectives of the plots devised by the Turkish-Arab-Israeli triumvirate targeting Iraq. In addition, the Iraqi government should invite influential figures from all ethnic groups and denominations to talks to find a lasting solution to the crisis.  
 
Active engagement with non-hostile governments in the region is another strategy the Iraqi government should adopt to keep its economy running. This would give Iraqi officials more diplomatic options for safeguarding the country’s territorial integrity. 
 
The full version of this article originally appeared in Persian on the website of the Fars News Agency.  
 
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