A picture of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) adorns a military vehicle in Iraq

A picture of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) adorns a military vehicle in Iraq

May 22, 2016

Day after day, Iraqi people’s discontent and anger over the negative role played by Iran through its proxies of Shii militias are growing. There is an outcry calling for disbanding these militias which have threatened, not only security and stability in Iraq, but also the coexistence of Iraq’s communities.

Iraqis have been suffering from crimes committed by these armed militias, which are basically military wing of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Iraq, including kidnappings, assassinations, forced displacements, property confiscations and forcing demographic changes on sectarian basis.  These crimes have had negative effects on Iraq’s society, that made even Iraqis from Shii community call for dismantling these militias and say they do not represent it.

In order to curb  Iraqis’ growing hatred toward these Iran’s proxy militias, Iranian MP Mohammed Saleh Jucar, who is head of Iranian Shura’s National Security and Foreign Policy and former IRGC senior officer has called for forming an IRGC force in Iraq that resembles the Iranian one. He pointed out that the formation of  an IRGC in Iraq through integrating Iraq’s Shii military factions and militias, suggesting that the militia ‘Saraya al-Khorasani to be its nucleus.’ It is worth noting that Sarya al-Khorasan militia is considered the most dangerous militia in Iraq given the horrible  terrorist acts and crimes it has committed.

Forming an Iraqi IRGC or rather cloning the Iranian experience in Iraq will mean entering Iraq in abyss of unstoppable crises and violence. The suggested IRGC in Iraq will automatically  be associated with Iran’s IRGC and will be directed by the Iranian regime’s supreme leader  Ali Khamenei, this will undoubtedly breach Iraq’s sovereignty and make it an official Tehran’s subject. When Iraq was invaded in 2003, the Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi warned that ‘the effect of mullahs’ regime on security and stability in Iraq and the region will be hundred times more dangerous than an atomic bomb. That proved correct given the crises plagued Iraq and the region as a result of the influence of Iranian theocratic regime in Iraq.

Translated from Arabic source: http://www.ncr-iran.org/ar/2011-04-01-13-55-17/terrorism-a-fundamentalism/28365-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AD%D8%B1%D8%B3-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AB%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%82%D9%8A-%D9%80-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%8A%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%8A.html

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