AFP — By torching Tehran’s consulates and slapping their muddy shoes against photographs of top Iranian officials, Iraqi protesters have shattered a taboo on public criticism of their influential eastern neighbor. But even as it faces red-hot rage in the streets, Tehran has consolidated its influence within Iraq’s political class and among armed actors, analysts told AFP. In the latest expression of fury, protesters crowded around the Iranian consulate — already emptied of diplomats — in Iraq’s shrine city of Najaf late Wednesday.