Iraq: November 18, 2003


Iran has once more publicly said it would not meddle in Iraqi affairs. Most Iranians are simply glad that Saddam is gone. But a small, but powerful, group of Islamic conservatives in Iran are eager to meddle and the Iranian government cannot do much to stop them. The Iranian conservatives are encouraging some Iraqi Shia religious leaders to set up a religious government in Iraq. Most Iraqis are not interested in this, but the militant Iraqi Shia religious leaders are determined, and trying to organize armed militias. 

American combat units continue to mount intimidating and loud movements by armored units, and use artillery and smart bombs near centers of Sunni Arab resistance to the fall of Saddam's government. Targets that were earlier avoided because of the possibility of hitting nearby civilians, are not hit and anti-coalition militants are operating under more dangerous conditions.


Article Archive

Iraq: Current 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close