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Will US-Iranian tensions flare again in Iraq?

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Baghdad (AFP) – This week’s deadly US air strikes on pro-Iranian armed groups in Iraq and Syria sparked fears of a new escalation between the arch-rivals.  Even as they hope to revive a 2015 deal over Iran’s nuclear programme scuppered by former US president Donald Trump, are Washington and Tehran risking an explosive new confrontation? Why the animosity?Iran has bitterly opposed American influence in the region since its 1979 revolution, which toppled the US-backed shah and installed an Islamic republic. A long-running hostage crisis at the American embassy in Tehran and Washington’s support …

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