In its constant attempt to curtail the Iranian power game, the United States has yet again some more Iran backed militia in other parts of the world. In its latest sanction, Washington has blacklisted Qais Al-Khazali, leader of the Asaib Ahl Al-Haq, an Iran-backed militia and his brother Laith Al-Khazali, another leader of the group.
They have also got Hussein Falih Al-Lami on their target. He is the security chief for the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). All three are apparently, paramilitary leaders who seemed to have played a major role in the civilian killings in the anti-government protests in Iraq.
The move is a direct link to a systematic process that Washington and its closest ally Saudi Arabia are following to curb Iranian influence in the Middle East. According to the Treasury Department groups led by these three paramilitary leaders “opened fire on peaceful protests, killing dozens of innocent civilians.” According to Reuters reports in November, Lami, known also as Abu Zainab Al-Lami, had directed fighters to open fire on protesters.
It is confirmed that security forces have to date, killed more than 400 mostly unarmed protesters in the anti-government civil disobedience movement that has gripped Iraq. Intelligence reports from France and UK have confirmed last month that Iran has been meddling with Iraq’s internal politics for a long time.
Since a US-led invasion in 2003 that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, Iran has taken advantage of weak governance and Tehran backed armed groups and politicians have thus been able to dominate Iraq’s state institutions. No wonder the country has been seen plunging into years of civil war and destroyed infrastructure. Civilians have now lost hope and patience and are demanding change in command and non-tolerance to Iranian interference in Iraqi governance.
Sanctioning is only another way of putting more pressure on the Iranian led military machinery in Iraq.
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