Anti-U.S. attacks bring new phase of security challenges for Iraq

Sparked by the Gaza war, increased strikes on American targets highlight the weakness of an Iraqi government pinned between opposing political and military forces.

Supporters of Iran-backed militant groups gather during a protest against the U.S. for supporting Israel, and in support of Palestinians in Gaza, near the entrance of Baghdad's Green Zone on Oct. 20, 2023. (AHMED SAAD/Reuters)

Budget loans give KRG financial lifeline

Baghdad has sent nearly $1 billion to Kurdistan since March, highlighting political cooperation that could grow into reliable financial flows with the passage of a new budget law.