Gen. Ray Odierno, commander of the shrinking U.S. expedition in Iraq, says that Iran-backed militias in Iran now pose a greater threat to the military and political security of Iraq than does al-Qaeda.
Iran subverts more at the political level than at the military. At present, Iran is using its proxies to gain influence over Iraq. Iraq is having difficulty fashioning a government from elected parliamentary delegates. Some Iraqi leaders have “ties” to Iran.