Afterwords of wisdom spilled over by Iraq’s cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, thousands of civilians have marched onto roads in Baghdad demanding that the US forces be retracted from Iraq.
In a request over the phone, the Iraqi lawmakers had urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the 5000 plus force be retracted. In response, the US threatened sanctions and freeze of official bank accounts in America.
Sadr has been supporting the anti-government protests since they began in October 2019. He, however, has been never known to have made public statements like the ones which are being made by him now.
He is known to have a huge following going into millions in the vast Baghdad slums. He has always opposed all foreign interference in Iraq but seemed to have recently aligned his allegiance to Iran.
Right now, civilians seemed to be used as bait between various political agendas. The anti-government protests had started spilling the beans that it was because of constant Iranian interference that the current cabinet was brainwashed and working for power outside its own country. Governance had gone to the dogs and the economy has seen a sheer collapse. There are no jobs for educated youth, sanitation and banking facilities were in a mess and the economy was functioning on mere imports only.
Iran and its allies have dominated state institutions in Iraq since a 2003 U.S.-led invasion. With the focus shifting towards the US forces, there is a death trap being set for Iraq itself. Because of the government’s allegiance with Iran, they feel obligated to respond to a religious brother in arms and someone who has been financing the cabinet to work at its will.
However, if the forces were to be removed, there is no way to protect the civilian population from what the cabinet might conspire to do with Iran on its side.
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