in Iraq has taken several forms, but recently it took a more bloody form, including political assassination, to impose the mullahs' vision in Iraq.
Observers affirmed that Iran sent assassination teams to Iraq to kill several Iraqi politicians, which was exposed by the visit of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of IRGC’s Quds Force, to Iraq recently. This was followed by the assassination of a prominent leader of the Sadrist-affiliate movement Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades).
Soleimani’s visit has shed light on the orders of the mullah regime to kill Iraqi activists and politicians in Basra and other cities.
Activists called on politicians to take an attitude against the Iranian interference, or else Baghdad will be plagued with chaos and full destruction, while civil activists called for mass protests in Baghdad to object to Iran’s dominance in all life aspects, not to mention it interfering in the cabinet formation.
Soleimani in Baghdad
Al-Nasr Alliance affirmed that Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani has visited Baghdad to enforce Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi to appoint former IMIS chief Faleh al-Fayadh as the new interior minister.
The alliance, led by former PM Haidar al-Abadi, stressed its rejection to the appointment of independent persons to security ministerial portfolios, renewing its stance against interfering in the Iraqi national decision.
Saairun Alliance (Alliance Towards Reform), led by Muqtada al-Sadr, convened at the house of al-Hikma Coalition leader Ammar al-Hakim to protest the incidents of parliament’s session on Tuesday to vote on the government, where al-Binna’a Coalition insisted on backing Fayadh for interior minister. The meeting was attended by Abadi, VP Ayad Allawi, fomer Defense Minister Khaled al-Obaidi and a representative of al-Sadr, Nassar al-Rabeie.
Toppling Halbousi & Abdul Mahdi
The meeting’s statement stressed the importance of carrying on the formation of the cabinet, based on choosing qualified ministers according to the democratic and constitutional context. It announced that the coalition will launch a national dialogue with al-Binna’a and Kurdish blocs to get out from this political deadlock that might overthrow Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi and withdraw trust from Abdul Mahdi, who seems weak in the face of pressure from Soleimani.
Sunni MPs in the parliament said that Soleimani informed Halbousi that Tehran insists on Fayadh for interior ministry, ordering him to pass the voting in favor of Fayadh. They also confirmed that the same message has been delivered to the prime minister, which may cost him his position.
The Iraqi House of Representatives postponed its session to vote on the final lineup of Abdul Mahdi’s government on Tuesday due to lack of quorum, which prevented voting.
Four political blocs have boycotted the parliament’s voting session, objecting to the nominations of Abdul Mahdi for the eight vacant ministerial portfolios, a source told The Baghdad Post.
The blocs that announced their boycott are Saairun Alliance, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), and the Victory Alliance, while the Patriotic Axis Alliance announced its boycott objecting to the nominee for the Defense Ministry.
Those blocs can play a powerful role against Halbousi and Abdul Mahdi in case this dispute turns into apolitical conflict.
Increasing the pace of assassinations
Activists affirmed that the pace of assassinations will increase in the upcoming period in case Halbousi fails to pass voting for Fayadh.