Significant leaked cables from Iran have shown a huge amount of Iranian influence in the running of the matters of this Islamic Republic.
Strange, the leaked cables show that Iranian intelligence officers had actually co-opted much of the Iraqi government’s cabinet.
These cables are not new, and give a snapshot of political life in Iraq in 2014-15, during the height of the Islamic State insurgency, when Iran stepped up its involvement in Iraq.
However, both new agencies the New York Times and the Guardian that have verified the authenticity of the 700-page documents, do suggest that the current wave of turmoil in Iraq sets precedence to existing Iranian stronghold.
According to the New York Times, which has information about these cables, Iran could still have a stronghold on the way the Iraqi cabinet functions.
Cables also show that the Iranian officers are instrumental in the country’s decision making, have (over a period of time) infiltrated its military leadership, and even tapped into a network of sources once run by the CIA.
The (definitely) intelligence haul has sadly unearthed and confirmed a dominant role that Tehran plays inside the borders of its neighbor.
But more importantly, it casts light on how its agents operate and the extent to which each prime minister and cabinet member has been vetted to ensure they are serving the Islamic Republic’s interests.
Iraq’s current prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, is described in the cables as having a “special relationship with Iran”.
Its former head of military intelligence, Hatem al-Maksusi, was reported in a cable to have told an Iranian intelligence official: “Tell them we are at their service.”
It isn’t a surprise that the common man in Iraq has seen through the dubious workings of the government and has now taken to the streets asking for the wipeout of the current cabinet.
Digital blackout in Iraq has also possibly been instigated by Iran, leaving the youth fuming and even more determined to oust the ones holding office.
In the past, Gen Qassem Suleimani is known to have urged the opposition party head to support Hariri to ensure he did not lose the office and could continue to serve Iranian interests.
The cables also reveal that in 2015, Iran’s ministry of information and security, along with the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards, were the two main vehicles for Iran’s influence, identifying and running sources at the most senior levels of government, which kept the country pliant and aligned to Iran’s objectives.
These Iranian outfits have been reportedly making appearances in Iraq still and were known to have been instrumental in the violent bombing against the civilian population in mass protest demonstrations in Iraq, a few weeks back.
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