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Iran uses Shia militias to prevent IDPs’ return to recaptured districts

Displaced Iraqis

After defeating ISIS, Iraq is facing many challenges to achieve security and stability. One of these challenges is dealing with the displacement crisis. The return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their districts will ensure that life in Iraq has gone back to normal. Addressing this issue also will pave the way for holding the upcoming elections in a favorable climate. 

However, a small number of IDPs has returned to their districts despite expelling ISIS terrorists from them. It seems that certain parties want Iraq to be always plunged into a state on insecurity. Iran is the main suspect for masterminding almost every conspiracy against Iraq to implement its expansionist scheme, according to observers. 

 

Tehran uses its Shia militias to prevent the return of displaced persons to their districts, they noted. 

The Iran-backed militias destroy citizens houses in many recently recaptured districts and loot their property, making their return impossible, they further stated. The Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) are used by Tehran as a weapon to make demographic changes in Iraq, paving the way for the creation of its Shia Crescent, they added. 

On Thursday, a source revealed that  IMIS looted vacant houses in Annah town and arrested a number of Rawa residents in western Anbar amid government silence and complicity in such violations. 


Properties of Annah residents are looted and confiscated by IMIS. The Iran-backed militias also apprehend dozens of Rawa residents on a daily basis under the pretext of conducting a security screening, he added. 

 

This comes nearly a week after the Iraqi forces, backed by the US-led coalition, have recaptured Rawa, the last town in the country controlled by ISIS. 

Over a week ago, the United Nations High Commissions for Refugees (UNCHR) revealed there are currently 3.2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) across Iraq.  

Many political parties have called for the return of IDPs before holding the upcoming parliamentary election, scheduled for May 15th, 2018. 

The return of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their districts and expulsion of IMIS from Sunni districts are two preconditions set on Sunday by the Iraqi Forces Coalition (IFC) for holding the parliamentary election on time.  

 

IFC said western governorates do not have a sufficient capacity to take part in the upcoming election at the security, political and technical levels. 

In a regular meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday, Ahmed al-Massari, head of IFC, called for providing the necessary logistic and humanitarian aid for IDPs after they return.

This comes as Anbar MPs have warned of a health disaster that threatens the lives of IDPs in 85 displacement camps in the governorate. 

According to MP Kamel al-Delimi, 8,600 houses have been completely destroyed in Ramadi city in Anbar Governorate as a result of the war on ISIS. 

A humanitarian crisis can take place due to the huge number of IDPs amid low financial allocations, he noted.  

Delimi also called on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to allocate money from the affected governorates’ support fund to ensure the return of IDPs to their districts.  

 

Last Modified: Thursday، 23 November 2017 03:39 PM
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