Iraq parliament has passed a resolution on January 5, 2020 to oust US-led coalition forces from country, as hostile response grew after the assassination of Qasim Sulemani, a top Iranian military commander, near Baghdad airport. The US State Department rejected this demand and said Washington and Baghdad should instead focus on fixing their alliance.US and its allies were expecting that their presence in Iraq will be welcomed by different Iraqi communities as these communities came out of Saddam’s suppression with the help of US and its allies. This study tends to address the fundamental challenge regarding US’ consistently diminishing influence over the Iraqi society. Though heterogeneous in its nature and fabricated in its essence, US still have no pivotal power-say over any of the Iraqi societal, religious or political groups. Particularly, the Iraqi majority Shiite population is real beneficiary of US campaign against Saddam as they remained under the despotic rule of Sunni minority led by Saddam. In post Saddam period their increasing inclination towards Iran has changed the entire socio-political scenario of Iraq and despite huge strategic investment in Iraq, US has been marginalized in main stream decision making process. Consequently, US supremacy in entire Middle East went under question.
Syed Qandil Abbas. (2020) US HEGEMONIC INTERESTS AND THE STRATEGIC DILEMMA IN IRAQ, Noor-e-Marfat, Volume 11, Issue 2.