The Shiite population has not fared as well economically as Shia in other countries in the region, and tensions between the government and the public have long existed.
The second is that as the United States withdraws, Iran will be in a position to pursue its interests more decisively.
Her part in that movie also caused the Iranian authorities to seize her passport while they investigated her.
It also does not have a military and security apparatus able to enforce the will of the government which is hardly of one mind on anything on the country, much less defend the country from outside forces.
The resistance on the western shore of the Persian Gulf may be crushed or dissolved as well, in which case Iran would still retain its advantageous position in Iraq.
At that point, there would be three options: Turkey intervening broadly, something it is not eager to do; the United States reversing course and surging troops into the region to support tottering regimes, something for which there is no political appetite in the United States; and the United States accepting the changed regional balance of power.
With the Saudis diverted, this would ease the way for Iranian influence in Iraq.
Share She recently starred alongside Oscar winner Christian Bale in Ridley Scott's epic 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'.