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Didn't take too long before the shia militias turned their guns on their fellow shia.
I will tell you why. Since they came to power, the have not build a school, a collage or a university. No roads, no solid infrastructure, no security nothing. They where looking up to Iran as if it was a model to replicate in Iraq. When look in Iran itself you will find that the country lack behind in all fields. Now some might come up to me and say its due sanctions, its not. Iran has been financing militants here and there when the money should be spent inside Iran. In iraq and Iran now the living standard is very very bad. No jobs and very low GDP per capita. High crime rate, poverty and so one.
 
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Iran intervenes to prevent ousting of Iraqi prime minister - sources

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iran has stepped in to prevent the ouster of Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Abdul Mahdi by two of Iraq’s most influential figures amid weeks of anti-government demonstrations, sources close to both men told Reuters.

Populist Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr demanded this week that Abdul Mahdi call an early election to quell the biggest mass protests in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003. The demonstrations are fueled by anger at corruption and widespread economic hardship.

Sadr had urged his main political rival Hadi al-Amiri, whose alliance of Iran-backed militias is the second-biggest political force in parliament, to help push out Abdul Mahdi.

But in a secret meeting in Baghdad on Wednesday, Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force, intervened. Soleimani asked Amiri and his militia leaders to keep supporting Abdul Mahdi, according to five sources with knowledge of the meeting.
Spokesmen for Amiri and Sadr could not be reached for comment. An Iranian security official confirmed Soleimani was at Wednesday’s meeting, saying he was there to “give advice”.

“(Iraq’s) security is important for us and we have helped them in the past. The head of our Quds Force travels to Iraq and other regional countries regularly, particularly when our allies ask for our help,” the Iranian official said, asking not to be named.

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Iran intervenes to prevent ousting of Iraqi prime minister - sources

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iran has stepped in to prevent the ouster of Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Abdul Mahdi by two of Iraq’s most influential figures amid weeks of anti-government demonstrations, sources close to both men told Reuters.

Populist Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr demanded this week that Abdul Mahdi call an early election to quell the biggest mass protests in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003. The demonstrations are fueled by anger at corruption and widespread economic hardship.

Sadr had urged his main political rival Hadi al-Amiri, whose alliance of Iran-backed militias is the second-biggest political force in parliament, to help push out Abdul Mahdi.

But in a secret meeting in Baghdad on Wednesday, Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force, intervened. Soleimani asked Amiri and his militia leaders to keep supporting Abdul Mahdi, according to five sources with knowledge of the meeting.
Spokesmen for Amiri and Sadr could not be reached for comment. An Iranian security official confirmed Soleimani was at Wednesday’s meeting, saying he was there to “give advice”.

“(Iraq’s) security is important for us and we have helped them in the past. The head of our Quds Force travels to Iraq and other regional countries regularly, particularly when our allies ask for our help,” the Iranian official said, asking not to be named.

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With this large number of protesters I would say its hard for Iran to intervene at this point.
 

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Nothing new from 'Islamic' Iran. They and their proxies continue to show they are nothing more or less than Persian ethnofacists who will kill anyone getting in their way of advancing Iranian interests.

Palestinian factions have nothing to do with this behavior of Iran and its proxies. And they hate to be associated with them. It's unfortunate our Arab or Turkish brothers are afraid to arm us so we can finally disassociate with these savages. I don't blame Arabs and know one day things will change so we can finally counter our enemies.
 

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I will tell you why. Since they came to power, the have not build a school, a collage or a university. No roads, no solid infrastructure, no security nothing. They where looking up to Iran as if it was a model to replicate in Iraq. When look in Iran itself you will find that the country lack behind in all fields. Now some might come up to me and say its due sanctions, its not. Iran has been financing militants here and there when the money should be spent inside Iran. In iraq and Iran now the living standard is very very bad. No jobs and very low GDP per capita. High crime rate, poverty and so one.
Yes bro, you're right.

I think it's funny how it's worked out for Iran. They have spent billions and billions on these militias across several countries but the average shia in those places whether it's Iraq or lebanon etc... they seem to seriously dislike Iran. Even Assad is trying to get rid of them slowly. They spread so much evil and they might not have gained anything at all in the longterm.
 

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Iraqi government/Iran led militias now employing terrorist attacks on demonstrators. They will no doubt blame this on ISIS but we all know who's doing it. I wouldn't put it past them. This is going to anger protestors even more and intensify the protests.

 

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Demonstration in Iraq is going to minimize Iran's influence in the region no doubt. Did not we continuously warn the Iraqis against Iran but they refused to listen? Here is the after the math.
 

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Leaked cables reveal scale of Iran's influence in Iraq

Iranian intelligence officers have co-opted much of the Iraqi government’s cabinet, infiltrated its military leadership, and even tapped into a network of sources once run by the CIA, leaked cables have revealed.

So prevalent is Iran in Iraq’s affairs that Iranian officers effectively have free rein across key institutions of state and are central to much of the country’s decision-making, according to the cables, which were passed to the Interceptand jointly published with the New York Times.

The intelligence haul largely reaffirms the widely known dominant role that Tehran has played inside the borders of its neighbour, but casts new light on how its agents operate and the extent to which each prime minister and cabinet member has been vetted to ensure they are serving the Islamic Republic’s interests.

The cables, contained in 700 pages that both news organisations say have been verified, offer a snapshot of political life in Iraq in 2014-15, during the height of the Islamic Stateinsurgency, when Iran stepped up its involvement in Iraq.

They reveal that Iran’s ministry of information and security, along with the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards, were the two main vehicles for Iran’s influence, identifying and running sources at the most senior levels of government, which kept the country pliant and aligned to Iran’s objectives.

Though more than four years old, the cables give a contemporary insight into Iraq’s current political fissures and a protest movement that is threatening the seat of power – in part inspired by resentment towards Iran’s role in the country.

Demonstrators have taken to the streets of Baghdad and southern towns for almost five weeks, railing at systemic corruption and the government’s deference to its neighbour. A violent crackdown over the past fortnight has been led by the Quds Force’s Gen Qassem Suleimani, who has been a prominent figure in Iraqi affairs for at least the past decade and features heavily in the cables.

A rivalry between the ministry of information and security and the Quds Force is spelled out with Suleimani seen in one dispatch as potentially using his uniquely powerful role in Iraq to prepare for a political career back home.

SSuleimani’s presence and influence is peppered throughout the documents, helping lead a battle against Isis, coercing a then transport minister to allow Iranian planes to overfly Iraq with weapons bound for Syria, and spending regular time with government officials.

Iraq’s current prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, (who was oil minister at the time) is described as having a “special relationship with Iran”. Its former head of military intelligence, Hatem al-Maksusi, was reported in a cable to have told an Iranian intelligence official: “Tell them we are at their service.”

The documents were passed to the Intercept by an anonymous source whom the online publication says it has not since identified. Nevertheless, many of the people named have been contacted, and some offered staunch rebuttals of their reported remarks.
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