June 18, 2014
Mardini on Iran's Role in Iraq Crisis
Soleimani retains close ties with all Iraq’s Shiite leaders, said Ramzy Mardini, a Jordan-based non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council research group.
“When Soleimani demands a particular action to be taken, it’s difficult for Shiite parties to ignore those demands,” Mardini said by phone last week. Iran “has ways of punishing actors should they choose not to comply,” he said.