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In case war erupted between Iraq, Iran, on which side IMIS will be?

In case war erupted between Iraq, Iran, on which side IMIS will be?
Iraqi President Barham Salih and Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani

Iraqi armed militias supported by Iran have spread enormously across the Iraqi territory, where their leaders receive orders from Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, hence, their loyalty is to Iran.

It is no longer a secret that there are more than 67 armed Shiite sectarian militias, of which 41 are from Iran.

All of these armed Shiite militias operate under IMIS headed by Falih al-Fayadh, who are loyal to Qassem Soleimani, chief of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force.

If war between Iraq and Iran erupted tomorrow, which country would IMIS choose to be on its side? The Baghdad Post has asked some activists to state their opinions.

IMIS is divided into two references; the first is Iraqi, has a political representation inside Iraq, which is linked ideologically to Najaf. It is believed that this reference would stand by Iraq, said Zaid Abd al-Wahab, a member of the International Relations Academy.

While the other reference is linked to the Iranian Marja' (reference), and complies with Soleimani's orders, Abd al-Wahab said, adding that this reference would fight for Iran.


Sheikh Hussein al-Mo'aied told The Baghdad Post that IMIS is an armed military arm for Iran to secure the influence and dominance of the Iranian regime inside Iraq.

It is clear that these militias will prevent a war to take place between Iran and Iraq, but if it happened, undoubtedly, they would stand by Mullahs, Mo'aied said.

Lebanese international lawyer Tariq Shandab, said that these militias are loyal to Iran and will stand by Khamenei.

Hussein al-Janabi, a leader of the National Front for the Salvation of Iraq, ruled out the possibility that a war would take place between the two countries, adding that all the militias' leaders, as well as the Iraqi government, are under the leadership of Tehran and abide by Khamenei's instructions.

A large group of IMIS will stand with Iran, Dr. Anwar Malik, an Algerian thinker said, adding that some leaders of the Iran-backed militia had fought with Khamenei against their country.

Last Modified: Saturday، 30 March 2019 01:23 AM