Militias backed by the Iranian regime deployed snipers on Baghdad rooftops during Iraq’s deadliest anti-government protests in years, two Iraqi security officials told Reuters.
Mass protests against the Iraqi government and against the presence of Iran’s regime in Iraq have led to more than 100 deaths and 6,000 injuries during the week starting October 1, Reuters reported.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has institutionalized its presence in through the “Holy Shrines’ Reconstruction Headquarters Quds Force presence for Arba’een’s project in # Iraq. Read more here:
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) October 14, 2019
According to specific information obtained by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK) from within the Iranian regime, the regime’s embassy and consulates in Baghdad, Basra, Karbala, and Najaf are under the control of the Revolutionary Guards and its Qods Force. Large numbers of IRGC commanders are stationed in these centers, and from there they control the departments and groups affiliated to the regime, including Hashd Al-Shaabi.
In addition to the unusually large number of the regime’s armed forces personnel, a large number of the officials of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) are based in the regime’s embassy and consulates. They work closely with IRGC commanders.