When Militia Turns into Army – Iranian control of Iraq’s Shiite Hashd Militia will lead to annexation

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[Editor’s note: Islamic politics and the Sunni-Shia issue can be quite mystifying to outsiders so let me lay out the basic premise behind this article:

The Iraqi army was so depleted of both manpower and combat power in the wake of IS’s great offensive that captured Mosul and huge swathes of Northern Iraq that Iran had to step in and save the day. This was done by establishing an Iraqi Shiite militia patterned after the Iranian Republican Guard, Iran sent the Republican Guard’s leader Gen. Soleimani to lead this militia.

Iran is a Shiite country, the southern half of Iraq is also Shiite. Because the largest and most powerful military forces in Iraq are the Iranian backed and commanded Shiite militia, it is now Iran rather than the Baghdad government that has de facto control of Iraq (aside from the Kurds in the north).

The seemingly inevitable outcome of this scenario is Iran gaining control of and most likely annexing either all of Iran apart from the Kurdish north or the most prosperous and populous southern region. This would likely bring peace and allow reconstruction inside Iraq, but would most likely increase regional tensions as it would give Iran a land border with Saudi Arabia and Iran and the Saudis are sworn enemies engaged in proxy wars in Yemen, Syria and Iraq (IS being the Saudi proxy).  Ian

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Asharq Al-Awsat
When Militia Turns into Army

Two days after the leakage of an official ministerial order issued by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, which states that the Shiite militia, known as the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), will officially become part of the Iraqi army and will play a similar role as the current Iraqi counter-terror agency, Head of militia Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada Abu Ala al-Waeli said that this militia is formed in link with Velayat-e faqih in Iran (Wilayat al-Faqih) and not to floundering of politicians in Iraq.

This frank announcement summarizes the chaotic and terrifying situation reached by Iraq, which not only has faced the regular Iranian interference in its internal affairs and Tehran’s control over Baghdad’s decisions in the Arab League, but also is experiencing a cloned new Revolutionary Guards that structurally follows the Commander in Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, while – actually – follow the orders given by Qassem Soleimani, leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.


Notably, Soleimani is the field leader for the Iraqi Popular Mobilization forces, and he receives orders directly from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Perhaps what is deplorable is that the majorities of Iraqi Shiite militias are loyal to Khamenei rather than to the Iraqi reference Ali al-Sistani.

Inimitable countries that look into the future with insightful vision in order to preserve the society and prevent the risk of civil wars do not allow the establishment of militias despite the purpose of their formation and do not grand armed groups authority over the state powers.

What if these militias were originally sectarian and factional?

Regarding the attempt of Iraqi government to turn the Shiite militia forces, which is the first informal military power formed in Iraq’s modern history since the establishment of the army in 1921, into an official army instead of integrating it with army forces and police, this will ignite a fire that will be very difficult to set off by Iraqis themselves.

This attempt will also contribute in expanding chaos and deepening sectarian division in the country.

Instead of fighting ISIS and extremist Sunni groups, the world will find itself in another fight against extremist Shiite militias, which extremism of course differ in structure.

However, Popular Mobilization forces differ from other militias and are distinguished as they fall under the government’s umbrella, in which they are armed, financed and politically supported.

In addition to that, these militias increase tension and sectarianism in the country and are not controlled by the government.

For instance, when revising the statement issued by leader of the League of the Righteous (Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq) militia Qais Khazali after revoking Bahraini nationality from Issa al-Qassem, the militia’s leader said that his militia is thinking about interfering in Gulf States.

He said back then: “Large part of Resistance factions’ formations believe that their second duty, in addition to the Hashd al-Shaabi, is supporting people in Bahrain, al-Ahsa and Qatif in case the enemy crossed the red lines.”

The real danger facing the whole region is that more than 20 Iraqi armed militias form together the Popular Mobilization, including Badra, Kataib Hezbollah, Saraya al-Khorasani, Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq and others.

All these militias are officially, religiously and ritually linked to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, which comes in line with Iran’s strategy to empower militias to overcome the state’s official forces aiming at maintaining its interests and power.

Moreover, by Iran dividing the Iraqi army and establishing an equivalent force that dominates the official army in equipment and number, it is allowing itself to continue controlling Iraq politically and militarily.

This is what United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman confirmed in his report, which stated that: “Iran has violated international law by sending weapons to militias in Iraq.”

The world has underestimated calls that warned from ISIS’s terrorism when it was barely found and did not wake up until this terrorist organization has expanded to all continents and is spreading terror.

Popular Mobilization is another copy for ISIS, yet it is hiding its terrorism and brutality.

One day, the world will wake up to witness the expansion of the Hashd al-Shaabi, which follows the path of Iranian Revolutionary Guards militia, Hezbollah and Houthis.

Terrorism will expand even more as long as the world criminalizes Sunni terrorist groups while turning a blind eye for the Shiite terrorist groups.


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8 COMMENTS

  1. What is ancient news in the contemporary “west” are current events in the Middle East, and in particular the proxy war Iraq fought for Israel and the US against Iran in the 1980’s. The Iranians most likely see creating a friendly buffer state in Iraq as a necessity to their own long-term survival.

  2. Sistani and Sadr won’t allow annexation; I don’t think Hezbollah will go for it either. They are Arabs first–and know exactly what is going on. If Iran tries this stuff in Iraq, they will be faced with Arab trouble in their own country.

    The rest of the stuff about exporting the religious militia movement worldwide–to balance the power of gov’t–sounds like a great idea though.

  3. “One day, the world will wake up to witness the expansion of the Hashd al-Shaabi, which follows the path of Iranian Revolutionary Guards militia, Hezbollah and Houthis.
    Terrorism will expand even more as long as the world criminalizes Sunni terrorist groups while turning a blind eye for the Shiite terrorist groups.”

    Absolute nonsense, but then again, I wouldn’t expect any better from a Saudi funded News Org.
    So what terrorism have the Shiites committed In the last 25 years? None that I know of.
    Hezbollah is a recognized political party and an aid organization, that includes Christians, Druze & other minorities in its ranks, Their fighters are a defensive militia than anything else. And what idiot would consider the 2006 war in Lebanon or the current Syrian war to be terrorist actions by Hezbollah?
    As for the Houthis, well they’re a Nationalist Front. I’ve never heard of them attacking unarmed forces let alone interfered in the affairs of any other country, no, they’re just ordinary people fighting outside oppression who have been bombing civilian infrastructure and indiscriminately killing the population.

  4. What a load of nonsense. Could it be that now marijuana is legal in many cities, VT has sited one of their ‘field office’ amongst the plantations??? Or just that standards are being slimmed for more funding from the think-tanks who have been pushing the world into WW3??

    To put the mobilization forces on a similar pedestal as ISIS (israeli State Intelligence Services) is akin to comparing day and night as the same, just because it’s occuring on the same earth.

    Now that the militia forces who, without any military training, managed to contain and push back the greatest threat to World Peace with endless support in finance and hardware being directed from tel avive, is recognised for it’s success with the recognition of a government army status-
    Moths can be seen to fly around with endless theories, all rubbish. But then, what the hell,,, articles have to be ‘discovered & invented’ to keep debate going.

    Shows that the apparatus is being used to throw dirt on a force for good that’s already thinking of assisting neighbouring countries against their brutal regimes that are zionist in root and branch.

    Certainly there are sleepless eyes lately in the Occupied Palestine entity with defeats now mounting in not only Iraq but Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, etc. Back to the drawing board for a new major false flag to bring the terrorists into the backyards of the silent masses in more countries.

  5. We brought you some input from a foreign source, a viewpoint not being published in the West, so that you have the input to do with what you want…just like we are. Iraq is a very serious “work in progress” and nobody knows how it is going to turn out.

  6. I agree. Israel wants the balkanization of this entire region, Iraq is in a bad spot, and Iran has been there for Iraq. Also Iran and Russia are putting a very big monkey wrench into the NWO.

    • Without Iran coming in , Baghdad might have been toast. US bombers destroyed the first big armor forces staging to move on the city during the worst days…a big mistake by ISIS. It never made the press. Neither side wanted to admit it…and new challenges quickly appeared to grab attention.

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