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New Iranian Cultural Center in Kirkuk Stirs Concerns

The opening of an Iranian cultural and sports center in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk has sparked fears that Iran is trying to gain a foothold in a city already torn by ethnic-religious tensions. The Khomeini Cultural and Sports Center was inaugurated last week to coincide with the 37th anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. Iranian authorities say the center is solely a space for sports and socializing. “Imam Khomeini said the Islamic Revolution is a light to the entire world,”...

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