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Why did Soleimani visit Iraq 3 weeks ago?

No one can predict what the upcoming days are hiding for the troubled-hit region, where everyone is hearing the war drums, but no one can pull the trigger, waiting for the other party to shoot the first bullet.

Amid all of this, Iran’s strongman has paid a visit to Iraq, where he met with Tehran-influenced militias, and the reason might be quite obvious; to galvanize them for a “proxy war.”

Qasem Soleimani is know for his regular trips to Iraq, however, he has brought together militias for an urgent meeting three weeks ago, according to intelligence sources.

“It wasn’t quite a call to arms, but it wasn’t far off,” one source said.

There are about 30 militias in Iraq with at least 125,000 active-duty fighters and varying loyalties. Many have worked in tandem with the Iraqi military in fighting ISIS terrorist group, and all report to the prime minister’s office.

Leaders of all the militia groups that fall under the umbrella of Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS), attended the meeting called by Soleimani, the intelligence sources claimed. One senior figure who learned about the meeting had since met with western officials to express concerns.

Soleimani, the top leader of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards’ Quds force, has been the dominant force in applying Iranian influence and strategies in the Middle East, through proxy militias in Syria and Iraq, to ensure Tehran’s interests in the region.

The US has become increasingly vocal about the activities of Iranian proxies in the region. President Donald Trump this month named Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a western-designated terrorist group financed by Iran, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, as partly responsible for a barrage of rockets fired from Gaza into Israel.

The current period is witnessing heightened diplomatic activity between US, British and Iraqi officials, with unprecedented coordination between the classiest intelligence apparatuses in the world, in order to figure out next steps, and draw a line for Iran that can never cross.

The move comes following the US’s dispatch of an aircraft carrier, long-range bombers, and an anti-missile battery to the Arabian Gulf, to respond to Iran and Arab Shiite militias who might be planning to strike American troops in the region. Last week, the State Department ordered a number of its “non-emergency” personnel in Iraq to leave the country.
Last Modified: Saturday، 18 May 2019 06:18 PM