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Sadr calls for dismantling IMIS, then receives death threats

Moqtada al-Sadr, leader of Sadrist Movement, said days ago that he had received death threats from parties inside and outside Iraq, prompting thousands of his supporters to take to streets to display solidarity with the anti-Iran leader.

He did not name those parties standing behind the death threats. 

Sadr has always demanded the dismantlement of Iran Militia in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) terror group, calling for making the Iraqi army the sole entity responsible for maintaining security in the terror-ravaged country. 

This call angered Sadr's foes, experts told the Baghdad Post, saying the commander of Quds Force Qassem Suleimani and the Iranian intelligence, who oversee IMIS activities in Iraq, are behind these threats.

Iran will not ditch IMIS

Experts also said that IMIS terror group is one of Iran's arms in Iraq, asserting Tehran will not forsake it at any rate. 

They cited remarks of Nuri al-Maliki, once Iraq prime minister known for his unmitigated loyalty to Tehran, in which he said that IMIS will not be dissolved even if Iraq sinks in a sea of blood. 

Also, insiders spoke about threats came from IMIS senior commanders against al-Sadr in a bid to get him to back down. 

This plain meddling from the pro-Iran personalities and the recent threats leveled at al-Sadr drove thousands of his followers to take to streets to declare refusal to such threats and demand protection of the heavyweight figure. 

Staunch opponent to militias 

Sadr previously called for dismantling all militias, including his own called Saraya al-Salam, following the end of Mosul battle.

He also called for initiating dialog with Sunni parties to avoid any Sunni-Shiite future clash.

I fear that the end of ISIS may mark the beginning of a new chapter of the conflict. My proposal, to dismantle the militias, is driven by my fears of ethnic and sectarian conflicts that may surface following the liberation of Mosul, al-Sadr once stated.

Relatedly, Dawa Party, chaired by the former premiere Nuri al-Maliki, tried to question the veracity of the assassination threats.

Experts say the party, close ally to Iran, tries to distract attention through these remarks as it always used to work for the Iranian agenda in Iraq. 

Last Modified: Monday، 27 March 2017 11:40 PM