I think I had countries like Russian in mind when I wrote this. But is Iraq insurgency being supported by factions closer to home?
Update, a few seconds later. (Via my rollyo search) I found this old BBC article from 2002, that mentions the economic co-operation between Russia, Iraq and Iran pre-Invasion. Furthermore, this article from 2004 notes that "Russia is one of Iraq's main creditors." Is global politics and warfare really just about getting people to owe you money, like a big version of banks competing to lend you money? Is a war a Long Term Investment?