Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, April 22, 2019 - The deployment of foreign Shiite militants and Iraqi Hashd al-Shaabi to flood-hit areas across Iran has not only infuriated the Iranian people living in those areas, but has generated a crisis inside the regime of Iran itself and dispute in Iraq.
These mercenaries have been dispatched by Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force chief Qasem Soliemani. The IRGC has recently been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the U.S. State Department.
The deployment of Shiite mercenaries from Iraq and Afghanistan to Iran has encountered fury from flood-ravaged people, especially in the oil-rich Khuzestan Province of southwest Iran.
While the people express their hatred and anger at the presence of these mercenaries whenever possible, state-run media are reporting the presence of Abu-Mehdi al-Mohandes, the head of the Iraqi Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi mercenaries in Shadegan, Khuzestan Province, southwest Iran, at a crisis management meeting with Qasem Soleimani.
At the meeting on Thursday, which took place following the deepening of the crisis and continuing rain in Shadegan, Quds Force chief Qasem Soleimani, Abu Mehdi al-Mohandes, the deputy commander of Shiite militants in Iraq, the IRGC’s commander of Karbala base and the governor of Khuzestan were present.
Ironically in a malign coincident, Ebrahim Raisi, the infamous head of the judiciary and one of the members of the death squad overseeing the execution of more than 30,000 political prisoners in 1988, joined the meeting with Soleimani in Shadegan, while he was in a tour assessing the situation in the flooded areas.
Analysts consider the presence of Raisi, Soleimani, al-Mohandes and other IRGC commanders and officials in one place under the pretext of crisis management as a clear sign of regime’s utter fear of another wave of unrest and uprisings. When is coupled with the political and economic crisis facing the regime, this crisis could turn into an all-out uprising and another revolution toppling the regime in its entirety.
Emphasizing on the Iranian regime’s repressive measures to prevent unrest in flood-hit areas, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) issued a statement on April 14.
“In the recent days, the mullahs’ regime has transferred a large number of militants affiliated to the Quds Force in Iraq, known as Hashd al-Shaabi with weapons and armored vehicles on the pretext of distributing aid to flood victims of Ahvaz and other parts of Khuzestan to suppress any dissent,” the statement reads in part.