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Pentagon reports double the need for dismissal of Maliki and eviction of the Iranian regime from Iraq

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:14

Military aid to Iraq without an active plan for dismissal of Maliki only serves the Iranian mullahs

We have repeatedly stated that the only way out of Iraq’s crisis, which is getting worse every day, is to dump Nouri Al-Maliki, evict the Iranian regime from Iraq, form an inclusive national government and hold a free election under the auspices of the United Nations. Reports spewing one after another out of the U.S. Department of Defence and leaked to the press, underscore what we warned, that any military aid to Iraq, without an active plan for Maliki’s dismissal, only serves the Iranian regime and their terrorist Quds Force and strengthens extremist forces.

Five weeks after a vast part of Iraq has collapsed, and nearly one month after the arrival of U.S. military advisors in Iraq, the New York Times wrote in its July 14 issue:
“A classified military assessment of Iraq’s security forces concludes that many units are so deeply infiltrated by either Sunni extremist informants or Shiite personnel backed by Iran that any Americans assigned to advise Baghdad’s forces could face risks to their safety, according to United States officials. The report concludes that only about half of Iraq’s operational units are capable enough for American commandos to advise them if the White House decides to help roll back the advances made by Sunni militants in northern and western Iraq over the past month. Adding to the administration’s dilemma is the assessment’s conclusion that Iraqi forces loyal to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki are now heavily dependent on Shiite militias — many of which were trained in Iran — as well as on advisers from Iran’s paramilitary Quds Force.”

U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress on Friday, July 11:

"We are aware of the Iranian and Russian efforts to help the Iraqis”. A Pentagon official said the U.S. believes Iranian pilots are in the air in Iraq” (The Hill- 11 July 2014)”

Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said on July 8th:

“We know that there are some Iranian operatives -- Quds Force operatives -- inside Iraq that are training and advising some Iraqi security forces, but more critically Shia militia. And we also know that Iran has flowed in some supplies, arms and ammunition and even some aircraft for Iraq`s armed forces.”

On June 25, i.e. two weeks after Mosul collapsed, The New York Times wrote:

"Iran is directing surveillance drones over Iraq from an airfield in Baghdad and is supplying Iraqi forces with tons of military equipment and other supplies, according to American officials. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, the head of the Quds Force, has paid at least two visits to Iraq to help Iraqi military advisers plot strategy. And Iranian transport planes have been making twice-daily flights to Baghdad with military equipment and supplies, 70 tons per flight, for the Iraqi forces. About a dozen officers from Iran’s paramilitary Quds Force have been sent to advise Iraqi commanders and to help mobilize more than 2,000 Shiites from southern Iraq, American officials say.”

Since the beginning of the recent crisis, the Iranian regime has acknowledged the death of at least three Quds Force officers. Unverified reports suggest the number of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members killed are now in the dozens.

EIFA recommends the following urgent steps once more:

• Coordinated international measures for the removal of Maliki. He is Iraq’s main problem and the root cause of the current crisis;
• Eviction of the Iranian regime from Iraq, specifically prohibiting the supply of any further military and arms to Iraq, in clear violation of UN resolutions.
• Formation of an inclusive national government with the active participation of all sections of Iraqi society, including Sunni tribes who have been marginalised from power so far;

EIFA warns that failure to implement the above proposals simply benefits and encourages terrorist and extremist groups like ISIS. Isolating and dislodging these groups is possible only through the active participation of the Sunni tribes, youths and groups who have suffered severe repression during the past eight months by Maliki and the meddling Iranian regime.

Struan Stevenson
President, European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA)
17 July 2014

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