Was Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi sending a message to his rivals or crying out to his allies when he frankly spoke a few days ago about defying "them" –his rivals-even if this led to his assassination? Abadi is waging simultaneously a war on many fronts. He's fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and terrorist groups spreading like cancer cells in northern and western Iraq. He's also trying to stop inciting campaigns against him led by his predecessor, Nouri el-Maliki. The third front is cleansing the state of what's perhaps the biggest corruption operation in the world that destroyed most of the state resources and threaten it with bankruptcy especially with the decline in oil revenues.
Abadi does not have many options as the battles are intertwined and necessary for the current regime to surviveAbdulrahman al-Rashed