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Iraq on the Brink of Civil War: The Story of ‘s Special Envoy

Members of Moqtada Sadr’s “Peace Brigades” gather amid clashes with Iraqi security forces near Baghdad’s Green Zone on August 30. THAIER AL-SUDANI/Portal

REPORT – On the night of August 29-30, the attack on Baghdad’s green zone seemed to turn into a coup d’état. Our reporter recalls that evening when Iraq’s fate faltered.

Special Envoy for Baghdad

Wearing a black cap and a finely trimmed beard, Hussein agrees to speak with us over hot tea at nightfall.

A month later, the tension between the Shiites has still not subsided. The political deadlock is still deep and the specter of civil war is far from gone. “I don’t sleep two nights in the same place, so I came to the meeting with two friends,” Hussein said, puffing on his cigarette in a neighborhood in central Baghdad. Despite all the risks, the 30-year-old father of three wants to testify. “Since the French Revolution did not happen in a day, ours will also take a long time, he explains, and we know that we will have to make sacrifices to achieve our goals.”

For two hours, Hussein will address Parliament about his three months of sit-ins to form a government and break his country’s political impasse. But he…

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