Iran TerrorismShi’ite militias expand their influence in Central Iraq

Shi’ite militias expand their influence in Central Iraq

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The Iranian regime’s involvement in Iraq is expanding and it is redrawing the map of central Iraq. This was reported by the Nation Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and later also confirmed by other news sources like Reuters. The NCRI reports that the Iranian regime is not present in Iraq to fight ISIS. Its aim is to compensate for the loss of Maliki’s ousting.

 The Iranian regime’s involvement in Iraq is expanding and it is redrawing the map of central Iraq. This was reported by the Nation Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and later also confirmed by other news sources like Reuters. The NCRI reports that the Iranian regime is not present in Iraq to fight ISIS. Its aim is to compensate for the loss of Maliki’s ousting.

These militias have been able to slaughter the Iraqi people, in particular the Sunnis, rid them of their property under the useful pretext of fighting the Islamic State. It is the exchange of one terrorist organisation for another.

Since January 2014 when Maliki initiated the Anbar conflict and suffered a severe defeat, the Iranian regime felt threatened. Thus the Qods Force in Iraq took on new dimensions. Mohammad Hejazi, Deputy for Logistics in regime’s General Command Headquarters of the Armed Forces, announced that the clerical regime was prepared to offer Iraq equipment and consultation.

Central Iraq’s mixed Shi’ite and Sunni regions are now undergoing a demographic change. Iranian regime’s backed Shi’ite forces are pushing into territories held by the Islamic State and many Sunnis have fled for fear of both the Shi’ite-led government and the Sunni jihadists. More than 130,000 people, mostly Sunnis, fled central Iraq in 2014, just from Baghdad’s agricultural belt and north-eastern Diyala province alone.

As the Shi’ite militias gain the upper hand, they also decide who can stay in a community and who should leave, whose houses should be destroyed and whose can stand. A powerful Shi’ite paramilitary organization redrawn the geography of central Iraq, building a road between Shi’ite parts of Diyala province and Samarra, a Sunni city that is home to a Shi’ite shrine.

One of the most notorious groups is the Badr Organization, which is a subordinate and takes direct orders from the IRGC. They are supervising a new road, which leads to Samarra. Badr can thus resupply troops guarding Samarra, currently surrounded by Islamic State. The Badr Organization is lead by Hadi al-Amri, who used to be Maliki’s minister of transportation in the previous Iraqi government.

There are other militias that like the Quds Force whose aim is to compensate for the heavy blow caused by Maliki’s ouster and to consolidate the Velayat-e Faqih caliphate in Iraq.

The NCRI quotes Sheik Jafar, the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) in Khaneqain, saying: “The actions of Shia militias is like ISIS or even worse. They are experts in killing, burning and looting. They have disrupted 90% of Sa’adiyah and looted and burned all its places… Their objective is to expand their rule and influence… They rarely use the Iraqi flag and mostly hoist a flag that carries the emblem of the Islamic Republic of Iran… They have initiated purging of all Sunnis and kill people anywhere they can… These forces blew up people’s homes under the pretext of neutralizing mines and explosives.”

 

 

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