Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, September 21, 2019—Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force, secretly visited Baghdad this week and met with senior commanders of Iraqi militia groups loyal to Tehran’s mullahs, according to Al Arabiya citing Iraqi media.
Soleimani me with heads of Iraqi militia groups during a gathering hosted by PMF chief Faleh Fayaz, published reports indicate. Hadi al-Ameri, head of the Badr militias, a group formed by the Iranian regime back in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq War, was also present in these meetings.
Iraqi media have reiterated that Qassem Soleimani has demanded from senior militia commanders to target the United States’ interests in Iraq.
In other news, strong criticism is escalating in Iraq in regards to the rising number of Iran-backed militia members in this country. “Iraq is not an occupied country to have such militia groups inside its borders,” said Iraqi MP Adnan al-Zarfi while describing these groups as illegal entities.
In the past two months, 12 attacks have targeted sites and bases of the al-Hashd al-Shaabi, an Iraqi militia group backed by the regime in Iran, according to Asharq al-Awsat daily citing an Iraqi Member of Parliament. Iraqi officials have remained completely silent in some cases and other attacks have been made public, the report adds.
Government committees have finalized their investigation looking into the reasons behind the explosions in arms depots belonging to the al-Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), Iraqi MP Abdul-Khaleq al-Azzawi, a member of the Iraqi Parliament Security Commission, said to Asharq al-Awsat. A number of these attacks have been carried out by drones, he explained.
On the morning of Tuesday, September 10, a massive explosion leveled a weapons depot of the Iran-backed PMF group in Iraq’s Anbar Province, according to the UAE-based National website.
The arms and ammunition depot of these militia groups, launched back in 2014 with massive support provided by Iran’s IRGC, were targeted by airstrikes conducted with armed drones.
Officials say these explosions are the result of drone attacks or fires resulting from malfunctions. National, citing a member of the Iraqi Parliament representing this area, reported the explosion led to missile launching from the depots and heading off to local residential areas. Casualties have been reported without any details.
In mid-August, members of proxies linked to the Iranian regime’s IRGC were killed in an airstrike conducted by unidentified aircrafts east of Deir ez-Zur near the Syria-Iraq border of eastern Syria, according to Orient TV associated to the Syrian opposition.
The local Forat Post media outlet reported IRGC proxy group members stationed east of Al Bukamal (aka Deir ez-Zur) were the target of an airstrike by unidentified aircraft, leading to many being killed and wounded.
Vehicles carrying the dead and wounded IRGC proxy members were seen in Al Bukamal, the Forat Post report adds.
An Iranian daily once published a piece titled the “Golan war trap,” shedding light on concerns among senior Iranian regime figures over Tehran’s future in.
“[United States President Donald] Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s smile to [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and the onslaught in, have all increased the possibility of engulfing the (Iranian regime) in a military conflict… At times there are events that take shape at such a fast rate that even the most cunning analysts are left mistaken…
“Putin has provided promising messages to Netanyahu, emphasizing Russia’s policy in parallel to Israel’s interests in the region… Alongside Europe’s sudden backing of Israel and condemning the (Iranian regime), this indicates that Israel is focusing its efforts to have us fall into the ‘Golan war trap.’”
For decades Iran has been investing heavily on its relations with the Assad regime in making it capable of sending arms, supplies and financial support to its Lebanese offspring, Hezbollah. This has been a policy that has left nations across the region, from Lebanon and even Yemen paying the price with their lives and from their pockets.
As the Assad regime began a full crackdown of the Syrian people’s revolution, the Iranian regime has been escalating its support. Reports indicate Tehran has sent up to $15 billion a year to prop up the Assad regime, alongside hordes of extremist militias from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to maintain a hold on Damascus and suppress any call for change.