T. Belman. As David Goldman pointed out, this is due to the US insistancy that Iran have a representative government. Since the population of Iran is 60% Shiite, they dominated the government. Previously the Sunnis controlled Iran and thus it was a bulwark to Iran. No longer. It is now a lacky to Iran.
By Walid Shoebat
A leaked video by fighters from the so-called Iraqi militia executed an 11 year old boy with bursts of bullets on his head in Diyala province in Iraq. Shoebat.com was able to obtain the footage showing a child in handcuffs being brutally beaten while surrounded by a group of Iranian backed Iraqi fighters, then executed the child with showers of bullets on the head.
What the Obama administration did when he pulled U.S. troops out of Iraq was to replace them with militias who are providing the essential service; a plethora of new and old pro-Iranian Shiite militias that are dominating the battlefields in Iraq and Syria which raises concerns about the growing Iranian influence. The growth of these groups — known as popular mobilization units — poses a conundrum for the Obama administration. These are Iran-backed groups who are providing most of the “boots on the ground” that are pushing back ISIS forces from key areas near Baghdad, including Diyala province.
The Iraqi government is so vulnerable at this point that it has little choice but to turn to Iran which, unlike the US, has people on the front lines in Iraq.
Iran began organizing new militias, known as “special groups,” such as Asaib Ahl al-Haq, (the League of the Righteous), which has attacked US forces in the past. Now these are supposedly our “allies”. When the United States ended its combat mission in Iraq in 2009, militia leaders who had been jailed or blacklisted were freed and ‘rehabilitated’ and some are now prominent in the fight against ISIS.
The evidence on the ground is beginning to reveal a simple observation: who today is leading battles in Salahuddin Province to recover Tikrit from ISIS: the Iraqi army or the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Shiite militia crowd who are running Iraq amok.
It was in June of 2014, in response to the advances of ISIS in Iraq and the virtual collapse of Iraqi military forces, Iran began to provide direct military aid to the Iraqi government by deploying Quds Force soldiers to stiffen Iraqi positions in Samarra, Baghdad, and Karbala, as well as the former US base, Camp Speicher, in Tikrit. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard also deployed seven Sukhoi, Soviet era, Su-25 Frogfoot jets.
They also began to supply arms and munitions to Peshmerga forces in Kurdistan. In December 2014, Iran allowed foreign media to confirm the presence of Iranian F-4 Phantom jets in Iraq striking IS positions in Diyala province.
US sources later confirmed that the planes were Iranian but that US military forces were not coordinating air strikes with the Iranian military. Although the presence of the F-4 Phantoms was not disclosed till December, these …read more