Iraqis have to deal with coronavirus coming from Iran and contend with military tensions between the United States and Iran.
Iran's coronavirus epidemic has seriously impacted Iraq's social and economic life, with government imposing restrictions to control the contagion.
Iran is trying to revive the story that when its top general Qassem Soleimani was killed in Baghdad, he was carrying a "peace message".
Although anti-government protesters in Iraq still stand firm on their demands, there are also voices among them demanding both Iran and the United States leave their country alone.
As the constitutional deadline in Iraq for naming a new prime minister ends on Tuesday, December 17, Iraqi protesters are unlikely to accept a nominee close to Iran.
Iran and Iraq protests have many similarities, but Iraq enjoys the presence of an independent moral authority in the person of Grand Ayatollah Ali al0Sistani.
The issue of Iran's influence in Iraq has now become a part of the demands protesters voice and the the media now is more focused on the issue.