In early October, tens of thousands of Iraqis flooded streets of the capital Baghdad and central and southern provinces. The Iraqi people’s outrage was in reaction to inefficient state services, high unemployment rates, and rampant corruption that have mired the country in bankruptcy and collapse.
They, however, got their answer from Iran-backed militias and masked gunmen in black plainclothes.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei abruptly emerged and repeated his claims against Iraqi nationwide protests. He ironically described Iraqis’ uprising as the enemies’ plans, saying, “The enemy aims to disrupt the structures of these countries and create a vacuum”. However, what is taking place in Iraq has obviously terrified Khamenei and his allies in the region. For many years, he and his predecessor Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic system, counted on Shiite Muslims in Iraq as their channel for meddling in the Middle East. Today, demonstrations erupted from the heartland of Shiite provinces against Iran-aligned militias and the Ayatollahs’ infantry.
Nowadays, the rapidly expanding political and social events in #Iraq have become one of the major news in the Middle East. https://t.co/zvXMtclHzV#Iranfreedom #freeiran #MEK@USAdarFarsi pic.twitter.com/4tGZhTWJ1P— Iran Focus (@Iran_Focus) October 7, 2019
Iran’s rulers imagined the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf, two Shiite strongholds, as their launchpad for establishing the Khomeinist empire. As Khomeini had repeatedly said in the 8-year Iran-Iraq war, “The way of Quds passes through Karbala,” a sentence that epitomized his vision for invading the entire Middle East. These days, outraged demonstrators in Karbala spit on and tear apart portraits of Khomeini, Khamenei, and the commander of the Revolutionary Guards Quds Forces Qasem Soleimani and beat their posters with their shoes. Iraqi youth also renamed Khomeini Street in the holy city of Najaf as “Martyrs of the October Revolution.”
The reality is that the Islamic Republic and its allies have failed to solve the people’s problems whether in Iran or in Iraq. 40 years ago, Khomeini founded his desirable ruling system based on an expansionist rule. He and other Ayatollahs believed territorial expansion is the only way to keep them in power. In this regard, they squandered the majority of the country’s revenue on warmongering in the Middle East. Khomeini branded this method of territorial expansion as “exporting the revolution,” which effectively translates to exporting terrorism and funding regional conflicts.
It is notable, the Iranian Resistance’s main force, People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK-Iran), has always stressed on the need to counter the Iranian regime’s influence in the region. In 2007, the MEK revealed a list of 32,000 Iraqi mercenaries on the IRGC’s payroll who were sabotaging the efforts to rebuild and stabilize Iraq. Some of those persons, such as Hadi al-Ameri [No. 3829597], Abu Mehdi Mohandes [No. 3829770], still hold key positions in the Iraqi government or armed forces.
In this regard, it is worthy to remind the solution of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), led by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi. In April, following the designation of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department, NCRI once again called for the eviction of the mullahs’ regime from the region and the expulsion of IRGC and its mercenaries from Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan, and preventing the sending of weapons and regime’s forces to these countries.