Iranian Mullahs Deploys Forces to Fight al Qaeda-Inspired Militants in Iraq
The DID commentary on the article “the Terrorist IRI Regime Becomes an Ally of US to Fight Against Al-Qaeda”, dated January 07, 2014 made a mockery of the scenario, in which Iranian Mullahs find themselves very much aligned with Washington to fight against Al-Qaeda, here are the script:
You may laugh it out loud because it is more like a joke, but it is not!
It wasn’t too far back that US State Department has described Iran as an “active State sponsor of terrorism”. In fact United States has Listed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization and has penalized most of its leaders. But now that the United States has become embarrassed internationally due to its confounded Mideast foreign policy run by an incapable and inefficient President and its administration, the Iranian theocratic terrorist regime becomes a cooperative friend in the region that can help U.S. to fight Al Qaeda!!
Why not? Before, the IRI terrorists has helped U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan to convert those countries into war zones as the world has witnessed. The exit of US forces from Iraq was actually a boost for the IRGC to spread turmoil in the area, then it came the inaction of US on Syrian crisis for almost 3 years, another boost for the IRGC to turn the region upside down. And now the apocalyptic Mullahs are getting prepared to launch the sectarian war that US has impatiently been waiting for. Be ready for the U.S.-made Armageddon in the Middle East, to be played by its puppets, the IRI and the Al-Qaeda!! GO FIGURE. [DID]
The Obama administration is presumably to step up shipments of material support to Iraq. Iranian mullahs on the other hand are sending their IRGC terrorist militias to Iraq to get into the fight with ISIS groups, to safeguard the Shiite shrines. Now seems like all the ingredients are prepared for the ridiculous fantasy to become a reality. Soon the puppets Apocalyptic Iranian Mullahs, close-to-be-fallen Nouri Al Maliki, and the doom-laden ISIS, under the control of the puppeteer Uncle Sam, will turn Iran, Iraq, and the region into a Syria-like ruins. [DID]
BEIRUT—The threat of Sunni extremists eclipsing the power of its Shiite-dominated Arab ally presents Iran with the biggest security and strategic challenge it has faced since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
With the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, an offshoot of al Qaeda, rapidly gaining territory, Iran deployed Revolutionary Guards units to Iraq, according to Iranian security officials.
Iran has invested considerable financial, political and military resources over the past decade to ensure Iraq emerged from U.S. war as a strategic partner for the Islamic Republic and a strong Shiite-led state. The so-called Shiite crescent—stretching from Iran to Iraq, Lebanon and Syria—was forged largely as a result of this effort.
Two Guards’ units, dispatched from Iran’s western border provinces on Wednesday, were tasked with protecting Baghdad and the holy Shiite cities of Karbala and Najaf, these security sources said.
The involvement of Iran would pose yet another security challenge for the White House, and raises the prospect of the U.S. and Iran fighting on the same side. The U.S. opposes Iran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but with Tehran is jointly supporting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
State Department officials on Thursday refused to outline what steps the Obama administration would take if Iranian forces entered Iraq.
Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said American diplomats who met with Iranian officials in Geneva this week to discuss Tehran’s nuclear program didn’t raise the issue of the Iraqi crisis.
“We’ve encouraged them to play a constructive role in Iraq,” Ms. Psaki said about the Iranians.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, reached by phone in London, said of the report that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards were entering the fight: “Frankly I have no idea about that. I am in London now.”
Syria’s conflict has turned Iraq into an important operational base for Iran to aid another ally, the Assad regime, which is dominated by an offshoot of Shiite Islam. Shiite militia trained by Iran, weapons and cash have flowed from Iran to Syria via Iraq.
“Iraq is viewed as a vital priority in Iran’s foreign policy in the region and they go to any length to protect this interest,” said Roozbeh Miribrahimi, an independent Iran expert based in New York.
Iran has also positioned troops on full alert along its border with Iraq and has given clearance to its air force to bomb ISIS rebel forces if they come within about 60 miles of Iran’s border, according to an Iranian army general.
The two IRGC battalions that moved to Iraq on Wednesday were shifted from the Iranian border provinces of Urumieh and Lorestan, the Iranian security officials said.
Revolutionary Guards units that serve in Iran’s border provinces are the most experienced fighters in guerrilla warfare because of separatist ethnic uprisings in those regions. IRGC commanders dispatched to Syria also often come from those provinces as well.
Iran was also considering the transfer to Iraq of Shiite volunteer troops in Syria, if the initial deployments fail to turn the tide of battle in favor of Mr. Maliki’s government, the Iranian security officials said.
At stake for Iran in Iraq’s current tumult isn’t only the survival of a Shiite political ally in Baghdad, but the safety of Karbala and Najaf, which along with Mecca and Medina are sacred to Shiites world-wide.”The more insecure and isolated Maliki becomes, the more he will need Iran. The growth of ISIS presents a serious threat to Iran. So it would not be surprising to see the Guards become more involved in Iraq,” said Alireza Nader, a senior policy analyst at the Rand Corp.
A spokesman for the militant group ISIS, Abu Mohamad al-Adnani, urged the group’s Sunni fighters to march toward the “filth-ridden” Karbala and “the city of polytheism” Najaf, where they would “settle their differences” with Iraq’s Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
That coarsely worded threat further vindicated Iran’s view that the fight unfolding in Iraq is an existential sectarian battle between the two rival sects of Islam-Sunni and Shiite—and by default a proxy battle between their patrons Saudi Arabia and Iran.
“Until now we haven’t received any requests for help from Iraq. Iraq’s army is certainly capable in handling this,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afgham said Wednesday.
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani cut short a religious celebration on Thursday and said he had to attend an emergency meeting of the country’s National Security Council about events in Iraq.
“We, as the Islamic Republic of Iran, won’t tolerate this violence and terrorism…. We will fight and battle violence and extremism and terrorism in the region and the world,” he said in a speech.
ISIS’s rapid territorial gains in the past few days appeared to have caught Iranian officials by surprise and opened a debate within the regime over whether Iran should publicly enter the battle.
Iran’s chief of police, Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam said the National Security Council would consider intervening in Iraq to “protect Shiite shrines and cities,” according to Iranian media.
In the short-term, analysts said the outcome of the crisis in Iraq will only strengthen and increase the influence of Iran and the Revolutionary Guards.
Farnaz Fassihi is the Deputy Mideast bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal.