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NCRI Factsheet: Widespread Presence of Iranian Regime’s IRGC Quds Force in Iraq Under Diplomatic Cover

Widespread presence of Iranian regime's IRGC Quds Force in Iraq under diplomatic cover

National Council of Resistance of Iran – October 9, 2019

For the past week, Iraq has been burning in the flames of the protests of a disgruntled population over the poor state of people’s livelihoods. A key slogan in the nationwide popular uprising since October 1 has been the call to expel Iran’s regime and its agents from Iraq and end the mullahs’ meddling in the affairs of this country.

As the uprising continues and the country’s youth stand their ground over their legitimate grievances, suppression has taken more brutal and deadly proportions. According to media reports, the death toll is mostly due to direct shots at protestors, particularly sniper fire by the Hashd Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) militia, which is under the Iranian regime’s control. Reuters reported on October 4 that its reporters witnessed snipers targeting demonstrators. Simultaneously, reports have surfaced about the role of Iran’s regime and its mercenaries in the crackdown in Iraq. Iraqi lawmaker Ahmad Al-Jaburi said that mercenaries of Iran’s regime are guiding the crackdown on the popular uprising.

The Iraqi people’s uprising has once again drawn attention to the Iranian regime’s level of influence over the regime currently in power in Iraq.

According to specific information obtained by Regime Meddles in Nearly Every Middle East Country
The US Ambassador to John Abizaid has said that Iran Regime meddles in nearly every country in the via “various militias that are under Iranian control”.

— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) July 12, 2019

The diplomatic cover for the activities of Quds Force officers and MOIS agents has given the regime the ability to use Iraq as a serious base for meddling in other regional countries, including Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Turkey.

Domestic suppression and export of terrorism and Islamic extremism in the region are two pillars of the regime’s survival strategy. The regime makes use of any means to export terrorism and extremism.

Stability and tranquility in the region first require the expulsion of the regime’s mullahs, Revolutionary Guards and paramilitary proxy forces in particular from Iraq, but also from Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, and Afghanistan. Iraq specifically serves as a springboard for the regime. Thus, expelling the regime from Iraq and cutting its arms in this country would have an indispensable effect in pushing the regime back.