Conditions between Iran and Iraq continue to deteriorate, as evidenced by recent comments made by Iraq’s former deputy president. He noted that the increasing of influence of Iran in the region, particularly in Iraq, is negatively impacting the stability of the country and the region.
Iraq’s former deputy president, Tariq al-Hashemi, said, “Iran is trying to expand its influence in Kurdistan and northern Iraq and there are reports of opening Qods Force offices in the province of Neinava.” Al-Hashemi was responding to a question in an interview with Eram News Site on May 12, 2017 about the role of the Arabic countries in dealing with the Iranian regime.
“Unfortunately, Arabic countries haven’t taken defensive precautions against the Iranian regime’s meddling and due to the policy of uncertainty and ignorance, we have lost so much. We must apply all of our means to eliminate the Iranian regime’s influence from Arabic countries,” said al-Hashemi.
The reality is that Iran has been active in taking advantage of any hint of instability in the Middle East and maximizing upon it. Without a comprehensive plan to deal with Iran on a regional level, the mullahs’ regime will continue to increase its influence and decrease the overall stability of the region.
But Iraq seems to be suffering the most, as the stability of that country continues to be under fire by Iran and its IRGC. Iran’s support of various factions with Iraq, seem geared around capturing territory and at the same time, taking advantage of their old enemy with its predominant Sunni leadership versus the Shiite Iran.
The former deputy of Iraq’s president, in response to another question, said, “There won’t be a suitable change and betterment of the situation as long as Iraq is Iran’s hostage, corrupt people are at that head of Iraq’s political scene, and ammunitions are at hands of Iran’s affiliated militia, Iraqi citizens won’t be able to have security and honor. How can this situation be changed? It is impossible.”
Iran does believe that it retains the right to control Iraq, as evidenced by its actions and the quotes from various members of the leadership. Contributing to Iraq’s instability seems to further Iran’s plans to increase its power in the region.
Khamenei’s consultant has emphasized many times, “Baghdad is Iranian Sassanid’s capital and after Iraq, it continues to Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. I won’t be surprised if the Iranian regime’s greed doesn’t expand to all of Iraq’s territory, other than Neinava. It is obvious that the Iranian regime is against Iraqi regional security and administrative decentralization, because of fears that its influence and control would be lost over the residents of these provinces and its expansion in northern Iraq. These are the facts and the realities on the ground prove it too.”