Following the assassination of several human and social rights activists in Iraq by the Iranian regime’s terrorist proxy groups, protesters stormed several buildings belonging to the Iranian regime’s proxy groups in the southern cities of Iraq. These developments, in Shi’ite provinces where the regime had influence by misusing people’s religious sentiments, are another blow to the regime’s terrorism and warmongering machine.
Locals in the city of Nasiriyah on Saturday and Sunday attacked several buildings belonging to the Badr Corps, the Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, the Hekmah group and the Dawa Party that is associated directly to former Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki who is known for his very close ties with the Iranian regime.
In a similar development, protesters in the city of Basra, southern Iraq, held numerous rallies protesting the assassination of various activists and identified the Iranian regime and its proxy groups in Basra responsible for these chain murders.
The Iran-backed terrorists on August 19 assassinated Dr. Reham Yacoub, a well-known Iraqi human rights advocate. Dr. Yacoub was the second prominent activist from Basra to be assassinated after Tahseen Osama Al-Shahmani. Her murder was the third targeted attack by gunmen against anti-governmental activists in a week in Iraq.
These assassinations and the recent protests in Iraq prompted the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, to visit Basra on Sunday, following his return from Washington. Al-Kadhimi met with the family of Dr. Yaqoub. During this visit he said: “I swear by the martyrs’ blood that there will be no escape from justice for their crimes. Husham Hashemi and Tahsin Osama did not die in vain.”
The Iraqi people’s ongoing protests started in October 2019, with people targeting the Iranian regime and its proxy groups in their slogans. Protesters have on several occasions attacked the regime’s consulates in different cities, showing that the Iranian regime’s years of investing in Iraq, which the mullahs describe as their strategic depth, have been in vain. The regime’s puppet government was forced to resign following the Iraqi people’s uprising. These protests along with the elimination of Qassem Soleimani, the regime’s terror mastermind and the true ruler of Iraq, has now further alienated the new government from the regime.
This has concerned the regime, and this was reflected in the Iranian state media. The state-run Keyhan daily, known as the mouthpiece of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, wrote: “Iraqi parties expected Al-Kadhimi to finalize two issues during this visit. One being the presence of U.S. military forces in Iraq and in fact, taking measures to have these forces leave Iraq in less than one year, and reaching an agreement to have the U.S. invest in Iraq’s infrastructure. Al-Kadhimi’s visit showed no success in attracting U.S. financing Iraq’s oil, gas and electricity industries or in regard to throwing U.S. military forces out through a certain channel and based on the time-period emphasized by the Iraqi Parliament.”
Keyhan was referring to the regime’s taking advantage of an opportunity when numerous Iraqi MPs from diverse groups had boycotted the Iraqi Parliament, to push forward a measure calling on U.S. military forces to leave Iraq, by the mullahs’ agents disguised as MPs.
The Iranian regime is founded on human rights violations in Iran and export of terrorism and chaos abroad. Prolonging the Iran-Iraq war and funding terrorist groups in the region have been part of the regime’s strategy of exporting its crises abroad and using terrorism as a blackmailing tool in dealing with the international community.
Now, following the elimination of Qassem Soleimani, head of the IRGC Quds Force, who had implemented the regime’s warmongering policies, the spread and continuation of protests in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, and most importantly the major Iran protests in November 2019 and people’s ongoing defiance of the regime have rattled the regime’s foundations.
In other words, after 17 years of trying to occupy Iraq through brutal measures and the export of terrorism, the Iranian regime has lost its strategic depth. The increased awareness of the Iraqi people and parallel uprisings in Lebanon and Iran are among the main causes of the regime’s waning power in this country.
Originally published at http://freedomstarblog.wordpress.com on August 26, 2020.