The largest demonstrations in Iraq against Iran’s malign influence

November 7, 2019—It goes without saying that for the past year the Iranian regime has been facing an escalation in crises both inside Iran, a conglomerate of sanctions and most recently, its “strategic depth” threatened significantly in Iraq and Lebanon.

In addition to the United States exiting the highly flawed 2015 nuclear deal, sanctions have been suffocating the mullahs’ regime and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) that have taken full control of the Iranian economy, leaving millions living in poverty for decades now.

It has become crystal clear that “public enemy number one” for the people of Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon is none other than the mullahs’ regime ruling Iran.

In the Middle East, Iran is facing movements demanding an end to its influence and meddling in the region, especially in Iraq and Lebanon. The Iraqi people are expressing their utter hatred regarding Iranian regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini, current Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and IRGC Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani. These are the figures and the mullahs’ regime in Tehran that the Iraqi people are holding responsible for their miseries.

The Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as its cornerstone member, has constantly emphasized on the fact that the main enemy of all nations across the region is non other than the religious fascism ruling Iran.

NCRI President Maryam Rajavi had warned back in 2003 that the threat of the mullahs’ meddling in Iraq is “100 times more dangerous than their nuclear threat.” We are now witnessing how the Iranian regime’s advances in Iraq and other countries across the region have nothing but misery for the local populations, while threatening the national security of Middle East nations and others across the globe.

The premature departure of U.S. forces from Iraq back in late 2011 placed this important western neighbor of Iran defenseless before the onslaught of Tehran’s meddling. One can argue that the true occupation of Iraq went into full gear in early 2012 as the mullahs further established their control over this country without any concern of U.S. military presence.

In Lebanon, the mullahs’ took this country hostage through their proxy group, Hezbollah, altering its destiny and pushed the country into civil war. Thus, the regime in Iran first and foremost seeks nuclear weapons to further hegemony in the Arab and Islamic world.

In Syria, the mullahs’ regime specifically describe this country as their “35th province.” While Iran itself has 31 official provinces, the mullahs’ malign influence in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine pushes the mentality of viewing these countries as their province numbers 32, 33 and 34.

Of course, Tehran is right. If Khamenei loses its influence in Syria, the impact will be felt on the streets of Tehran, as mentioned specifically and on numerous occasions during the past few years by senior Iranian regime officials.

“If [the IRGC] had not carried out its measures in Syria, we would now be fighting in our own cities and streets,” said Khamenei back in June 2017.

“If [the IRGC] had not stood their ground in Baghdad, Samarra, Falujah and Ramadiah, and if they had not supported the Syrian government in Damascus and Aleppo, we would not have any security to negotiate as good as we did in the nuclear talks,” said Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani back in February 2016.

The war in Syria shed light on the true nature of Hezbollah and was a stark reminder that this is a terrorist group established in the early 1980s by Iran in Lebanon, and enjoying hundreds of millions of dollars in funding directly from Tehran through these years.

Now, a vast majority of Arab nations consider Hezbollah a criminal organization and an offspring of Iran’s IRGC focused on maintaining the mullahs’ rule in Tehran and expanding their extremism abroad.

The truth is that the mullahs’ regime has become the enemy of all nations, especially those in the Middle East. And more nations are realizing that any hope in establishing freedom and democracy in their country hinges on evicting the mullahs’ regime and its proxies from their soil.

As we speak, the uprisings in Iraq and Lebanon should receive support. This is one of the best methods in confronting the mullahs’ regime and targeting their Achilles’ Heel in a very meaningful manner. This will prevent the ongoing crackdown and killings in Iraq, or else Tehran will most certainly seek to plunge this nation into the abyss of a bloody sectarian war.

Despite the fact that the Iranian regime has been the force behind religious conflicts across the region, the very fact that Shiites have risen in Iraq and Lebanon against its rule shows its influence crumbling. Establishing a united front is vital to confront Iran’s malign measures across the Middle East.

It is quite obvious that Iran will not relinquish its foothold in Iraq and Lebanon without a fight. As a result, a strong will and firm stance is needed to end its malign meddling. The era of politicians, who according to the Iraqi people, entered Iraq upon U.S. tanks, or reached their current political posts with Iran-made road-side bombs, has come to an end.

The Iranian regime’s bellicosity in Iraq and Lebanon won’t last forever. The answer lies in the establishment of a truly independent, democratic and national government in both countries. The time has come to bring an end to Hezbollah’s presence in Lebanon and to evict Iran-backed extremist proxies in Iraq.

Such a development will have drastic impacts running all the through Tehran.