Report monitoring indicators of the decline in Iranian influence in Iraq
The Persian-language Kayhan-London newspaper published a report in which it indicated the decline in Iranian influence in Iraq, in light of the developments of the current political scene, noting that “the factors that underpin the Iranian regime to extend its influence in Iraq are falling one after another.”
The report, which was followed by “people”, (June 20, 2020), that “Iraq’s position on the Iranian presence on its soil, along with US sanctions, plays the most prominent role in the decline of Iran’s influence in the Middle East.”
He believed that “Iraq is one of the most important countries that represent the influence of the Iranian regime in the region,” adding that “while Tehran faces developments in the Iraqi political scene threatening the fate of its influence in Baghdad.”
He added that “the factors that underpin the Iranian regime to extend its influence in Iraq are falling one by one, in conjunction with the damage of Tehran’s policies to stay in Iraq in a remarkable way during the current period.”
He explained, “The assassination of the former commander of the Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, and the retreat of the military position of the militias loyal to the Iranian regime, represent a fatal blow to limit the influence of the Iranian regime in Iraq.”
He pointed to the “state of radical change witnessed by the PMF recently, especially with a number of them joining the Iraqi army,” in addition to “the position of a number of the military leaders in the crowd, most notably of the Supreme Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Sistani, of Iran’s influence, which the report sees has contributed in a way Great in diminishing Tehran’s military influence in Baghdad. ”
The report also drew attention to “the popular rejection in Iraq of the Iranian presence in their country, after wide spectrums of Iraqis refused to take over a new sectarian government close to Tehran to take control of matters, which ultimately ended with the government of Mustafa Al-Kazemi.”
He pointed out that “the Iraqis witnessed with their own eyes the extent of the damage inflicted on their country as a result of Iranian interference, which sparked a movement of unprecedented popular opposition in the Iraqi street against Tehran, especially by Shiite protesters in the cities of Karbala and Najaf who burned the Iranian consulate and raised the Iraqi flag above it.” “.
The report was based on a vision based on the results of an opinion poll of the Independent Institute for Civil Studies (IIACSS), which confirmed the decline in Iran’s popularity among Iraqis during the past year to the lowest level, after reaching 15%.
He continued, “The Republican lawmakers in the American Congress are currently working on passing a law that reduces the financial empire of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.”
The report pointed out that “these sanctions to be passed will focus on the issue of reviewing exemptions for Iran’s export of strategic products to Iraq such as energy and gas, while US lawmakers are studying mechanisms to compensate Iraq for these products in light of the poor infrastructure in Baghdad.”
He concluded that “the US sanctions, along with the Iraqi political position on Tehran’s military influence in Baghdad, have already contributed to the decline of Iran’s influence in Baghdad.” Source