Crisis in the Iraqi scene deepen as western countries fail to offer substantive involvement in reinstating security lost in the ruins of a war that after over a decade still no one really can explain why it took place.
In Iraq today, minorities are being killed and displaced by various militia groups that are mainly supported, armed, and financed by the Iranian mullahs. At the same time, in defiance of active Iranian regime and its Quds forces involvement in the country, Iraqi Sunnis and other minorities are taking to the sidelines as ISIS continues to make advancement in the country.
Reports suggest that Iran’s involvement in Iraq far exceeds what the regime would have everyone believe. There is more to it than meets the eye as Kurdish authorities in Iraq have pointed out recently accusing Iran of secretly sending around 30,000 soldiers and military experts in Iraqi territory apparently to fight against the ISIS.
Whether they have been sent to achieve any other objectives cannot be ascertained at this point in time.
Head of Iraq’s parliamentary security and defence committee, Shahkhawan Abdullah, confirmed on Sunday the presence of Iranian troops in various Iraqi cities and participation in fighting. He further revealed that Iran’s presence was not restricted to military advisers or experts.
In fact, it is also operating under the banner of the Popular Mobilization Forces. The PMF is an umbrella organization comprising of approximately 100,000 fighters who belong to various militant Shiite groups.
There is also the matter of the role of Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s terrorist Qods Force, in Iraq’s affairs. The regime’s propaganda has painted him as the protector of Baghdad and spearheading the campaign against ISIS. This has negatively impacted the efforts against ISIS as now it is being viewed as a sectarian conflict due to Iran’s presence.
According to several human rights groups and some US military commanders, Shiite militias affiliated with Iran have been slaughtering Sunni civilians. This has only made ISIS appear more appealing to those who feel vulnerable and enraged against Iran’s onslaught.
All attempts aimed at bridging sectarian difference are bound to result in futility since the Iranian regime is actively carrying out violence on sectarian grounds in Iraq.
Moreover, Iran’s activities are not just undermining the efforts of the international coalition, but also destroying the credibility of the Iraq government amongst the common people. Certain reports concerning involvement of Iraqi troops in the massacres committed by Shiite militias have served has worsened the trust deficit between the people and the government and increased sectarian tensions.
The suffering or Iranian dissidents at Camp Liberty continues as for the fifth straight week, Iraqi agents continue to prevent the entry of gasoline to the camp. It is a sad state of affairs in Camp Liberty, with an already on-going medical blockade of Camp Liberty which has cost the lives of 22 Iranian dissidents. There are reports of psychological tortures as well, with speakers erected by the Iraqi authorities that emit sound, continually disrupting the rest and sleep of the residents.
During an event titled “Right to access to medical care” held on February 20, calls were made in favour of lifting the cruel medical siege on Camp Liberty, which has severely added to the many hardships faced by unarmed residents.
The Velayat-e faqih regime in Iran has been speaking out against the destruction of the religious sites in Iraq by the militants of the Islamic State (IS). While the destruction of these sites is indeed deplorable, and the outrage is well placed, we must be cognizant that this is being used as an excuse by the Iranian government to unleash its Shi’ite militias- not for the protection of Shi’ite sites and people, but the destruction of Sunni groups as well as a major hold in Central Iraq.
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