August 25, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – One of the most serious aspects of the expansion of ISIS’s Caliphate in Syria and Iraq has been the response of Iran, the largest state sponsor of terrorism worldwide.
If one were to page through any of the standard print media sources, the NYT, WashPost, USA Today etc., one would get the impression that for all its faults, the ISF [Iraq’s largely pretend military force] is at least providing some level of resistance to the unchecked advance of ISIS, though the scale of these efforts is moderate at best.
What makes the occasional foray or counterstrike by the ISF significant is that takes place in an environment where Iran has largely assumed effective control of most aspects of the Iraqi military, something these same news reports will not reveal.
The point here is that when one reads, “ISF strikes ISIS target,” it should be translated into “With the backing and logistical support of Iran, the ISF [read, Shia militias] did this or that…”
The result of this has been striking, dominating the military sector, Iran has quickly moved into a position of controlling the Iraqi oil industry.
On a cultural level the effect is more palpable with for example Iranian religious iconography dominating the visual plane in cities such as Baghdad.
Also left unnoted by the MSM has been the Iraqi response, dozens of demonstrations are taking place in Central to Southeast Iraq, specifically the cities of Baquba, Baghdad, Karbala, An Najaf, Samawa, eastward to Basra.
As Al-Aribiya News reports:
"After five weeks of demonstrations against corruption in Iraq, the demands of the Iraqi demonstrators have widened to include the cessation of the Iranian interference in Iraq. "Iran out, out". With these chants, the Iraqi demonstrators started to express their rejection to the Iranian interference in the country and to their control over the majority of the State refineries and institutions according to the description of protesters, who confirmed that the shapes of the Iranian interference in the country increased during the rule of former Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki. In the same era, corruption was spread in the institutions, especially in the ministries of defense and interior, which topped the list of corruption, which prompted the street to up-rise and go out in many provinces, especially the southern ones, which ignited the first spark. The protests against the Iranian intervention were reflected in the demonstrators' demand to lift the pictures of Iranian religious authorities and clerics from the streets, which were clear in the streets of Baghdad and other provinces." [see, New Iraqi Chant, Iran Out!]
We have been noting the increasing Iranian penetration into Iraq for some time:
“While much was made by the administration of the “liberation” of Tikrit a month ago, the majority of the U.S. media failed to note that it was Iranian backed Shias who did the fighting. The net outcome being an increased presence of Iranian military power in a country which is openly being subverted by the Ayatollocracy. Sunni local forces were begging the U.S. for weapons to no avail, so they were driven into the ready hands of the Shia militias which are at this point have become just another of Iran’s proxy armies.” [source, Ramadi Falls to ISIS, Anbar in Chaos and US “Coalition” Flies 7 Sorties, Total , PipeLineNews.org]
The current public demonstrations are merely the latest blowback regarding the decision by Team Obama to use Iran’s military as a proxy force to do what the administration refuses to do, defend the territory secured at such high cost to America in Iraq. It’s also causing other unintended consequences aside from massively empowering Iran’s theocracy, it’s planting the seed of hatred against America in Iraqis who clearly see Barack Obama’s hand behind the country’s new Iranian oppressors.
For further information please take link to Institute for the Study of War
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