By Kamran Bokhari
Summary When protesters stormed Iraq’s parliament on Saturday, it underscored a critical factor that explains why the fight against transnational jihadism is not making progress. Efforts to counter the Islamic State cannot succeed without an effective polity. There cannot be an Iraqi state when those who are supposed to be fighting the Islamic State are engaged in power struggles. The situation in Iraq is even more complicated because the country has not resembled a functioning state in the post-Baathist era due to the complex factions.
On April 30, supporters of Iraqi Shiite leader Muqtadā al-Ṣadr were able to breach Baghdad’s high security Green Zone and stormed the country’s parliament. Thousands of angry demonstrators demanding an end to corruption and political quotas ransacked the building, forcing the government to declare a state of emergency in the capital. The incident took place within minutes of al-Ṣadr holding a press conference in the