The Iranians are still trying to implement their plan that aims to thwart Sadrist Movement leader, Moqtada al-Sadr’s efforts to form the upcoming Iraqi government in order to give commander of the Iranian Quds Force militias, Qasem Soleimani chance to interfere in forming the largest bloc in the Iraqi parliament.
According to sources who spoke to Al-Hayat newspaper, Soleimani met with the leaders of Da'wa party and Fatah movement to discuss the formation of the largest bloc before holding the parliament’s first session.
Soleimani has a notorious role in the Iraq-Iran War in the 1980s. In 2012, he fought beside Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad through thousands of terrorists sent to curb the Syrian revolution that erupted in 2011.
Moreover, he has a strong political clout in Iraq, Syria and other countries. It is widely thought he controls the political scene in Iraq.
Sources close to the Sadrist movement revealed that the U.S. embassy in Baghdad sent a number of intermediaries during the past few days in order to ask Sadr about his opinion on normalization of relationship between the two sides, but Sadr did not give them a direct response.
The sources pointed out that the vital problem facing Sadr during forming the government is that he wants to cooperate with the blocs that have the same ideology he has, such as National Wisdom Movement and Victory Alliance, but the Iranian plot aims to prevent existence of this cooperation.
They added that Sadr agreed to cooperate with Prime Minister and leader of Victory Alliance, Haider al-Abadi to form the parliament’s largest bloc, pointing out that Abadi's talks with other political blocs are not serious.
On Wednesday, Sadr met with United
Nations special envoy to Iraq, Jan Kubis to discuss the latest developments
after the elections and the formation of the next government.
During the meeting, Sadr called on the international community to help Iraq leave the "tunnel of sectarianism", stressing that the process of forming the government must be done without any external interference.
Although a number of Shiite, Kurdish and Sunni blocs confirmed their willingness to cooperate with Sadr in forming the government, these blocs negotiate also with Fatah movement leader Hadi al-Amiri, who is considered to be Soleimani’s puppet, as well as the leader of State of Law Coalition Nuri al-Maliki in order to cooperate together in forming the parliament’s largest bloc.
Sources said that Soleimani’s recent plan is to unite the blocs of Abadi and Maliki, merging them into al-Amiri’s bloc in order to prevent Sadr from forming the government.
Soleimani wants to make sure that the next prime minister is fully committed to the Iranian agenda and will work hard to implement it, but the only obstacle that can foil the Iranian commander’s plot is the Iraqi people support to Moqtada al-Sadr, who tries to form an independent Iraqi national government.