The US is preparing a list of Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS)’s factions to ask Baghdad to expel them from Iraq, according to Saudi press sources Tuesday.
The sources said that the US will officially request Baghdad to expel Iranian advisers affiliated with IMIS especially that the war against ISIS has ended. This means their presence in Iraq is unjustifiable.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday it was time for Iranian-backed militias and their Iranian advisers who helped Iraq defeat ISIS to “go home”, after a rare joint meeting with the leaders of Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
“Iranian militias that are in Iraq, now that the fight against ISIS is coming to a close, those militias need to go home. The foreign fighters in Iraq need to go home and allow the Iraqi people to regain control,” Tillerson said at a joint news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir.
The United States is concerned that Iran, will take advantage of gains against ISIS in Iraq and Syria to expand the influence it gained after the US invasion in 2003, something Sunni Arab rivals such as Riyadh also oppose.