seems that Nineveh Plains have turned to what looks like an ‘Iranian
settlement,” news reports quoted sources as saying.
Iranian offices have been set in the region to educate youth and children, in addition to the establishment of a school after the name of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Some Iraqi politicians complained about the presence of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in camps affiliated to the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS), in addition to the spread of photos of Khamenei and Iran’s consul during visits to Nineveh plains, located in Nineveh province, north of Iraq.
Nineveh Plains is historically considered a homeland for many Iraqi sects including Sunni Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, Yazidis, Christians and Kakais.
However, it turned into what looks like an Iranian settlement after defeating ISIS there. Iran seeks strengthening its presence there, being the closest to the US bases in Mosul, including Qayyarah base, south of Mosul, and the base in the center of the city.
After the liberation of Nineveh Plains, IMIS imposed their control on the whole region and detained many of the people there with the pretext of terrorism. They also collected money and sent them to Iran.
Children recruitment office
In this context, Muzahim al-Huweit, the official spokesperson of the Arab tribes in disputed regions, said Khamenei’s office in Nineveh Plains is lead by Sheikh Hassan al-Shubuki with the help of his deputy Qussai Abbas al-Shubuki.
In remarks, Huweit said this office is for recruiting children and teaching them extremist thoughts.
He also added that “the main target behind this office is to wash the brains of the youth, convince them that Khamenei is their savior and that if it wasn’t for IMIS, you’d have never returned.”
Some members of IRGC and the Iranian intelligence, according to Huweit, are based in camps in Bartala and Hamdaniya regions. The office also transfers students to Iran to train them on fighting and assassination in case of confrontations against the US.
Huweit also stressed that the presence of Iranians in some regions have become almost public.
Humanitarian aid cover
Huweit accused Iran of running operations on recruiting children and youth under the cover of offering humanitarian aid, exploiting the bad living standards of the people there especially after the destruction that happened in the region due to ISIS control and the liberation battles.
Huweit added that Hassan al-Shubuki has strong ties with Qassem Soleimani and that he takes his orders from him.
Meanwhile, Hassan al-Saba’wi, member of Nineveh Provincial Council, said he was surprised by the office, stressing necessity that “politicians in Iraq must be loyal only to their country instead of being loyal to Iran and Turkey.”
Some politicians, according to Sab’awi, “called for disbanding the army, while others called on Iran to control Iraqi airspace.”