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At no point in recent history has Iran held as much influence in Iraq as it does now. So not surprisingly, many Iraqis kept an eye on the recent elections. However, that's not to say the results left anyone here dumbstruck.
As the war unfolded over the last six years, many Iraqis have watched nervously as a Shiite-led government took control and opponents began to accuse it of having strong ties to their fellow Shiites in Iran.
Some Iraqis hoped that these recent elections might put a new leader at the helm of Iran who would pose less of a threat to their country. But as one construction worker told me, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's reelection changes little for them. "So Iran will continue to influence our politics like before," he said. "But with the American army here and a bigger Iraqi army, at least we don't have to worry about getting attacked by their army."
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