The coming Iran-US Confrontation in Iraq

Meanwhile, the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), composed mainly of Shiite militias, have gone through a process of state legitimization, becoming a part of Iraq’s security forces. Given that Tehran supports large parts of the PMU both militarily and financially, the PMU presence in the Mosul operation has undoubtedly caused concern in Washington about the possible expansion of Iran’s influence in Iraq.

While Iranian officials reject the notion that Iran supports the PMU with the purpose of increasing its regional clout and expanding its sphere of influence in Iraq, the support does indeed greatly serve Iranian interests. Thus, one of the key objectives of the United States in post-IS Mosul will likely be to seek to control and contain Iranian influence.

In other words, the PMU may be on a collision course with the United States and its partners in northern Iraq.

In this equation, it should be borne in mind that Iran directly ties the security of its borders to the security and stabilization of Mosul. Brig. Gen. Iraj Masjedi, a senior adviser to Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force (the foreign operations branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps), has called the fight against IS tantamount to defense of the security and geopolitical situation of Iran.

Masjedi — Iran’s incoming ambassador to Iraq — said March 9 in Tehran that the Islamic Republic will definitely support Iraq’s territorial integrity. He further emphasized the importance of Iran’s fostering Iraqi security forces after victory in Mosul and the defeat of IS in order to prevent the possible formation of other clandestine terrorist groups.

He also expressed support for further security cooperation between Iran and Iraq, besides the ongoing military collaboration. In other words, Iranian officials see Iran’s presence in Iraq as a matter of ensuring Iran’s own national security and not simply as part of a power struggle.

One Response to The coming Iran-US Confrontation in Iraq

  1. Jim Pagan 22nd March 2017 at 5:51 pm #

    The more problem and chaos the USA creates the better that is for the Israeli dream. Iran should know who was responsible for the Iraq Iran war, and who supplied the arms for both side at an
    enormous profits. Anywhere the USA military goes into it will never leave unless they are forced out. The ultimate dream of Israel is to cut up Iraq and Syria, after that divide and conquer Iran. These two countries including Syria were the most cultured and most civilized nations on earth. I do hope that Iran has a few nukes.
    Once you have Nukes and the delivery ability. The big Bullies will leave you alone. They only attack defenseless people. You will see they will not dare Attack N.Korea.
    The USA has spent $Trillions on military adventurism,but can’t afford decent health care for
    their own citizens. 50% of the American people are dead poor,but hey we have Trillions for
    undeclared wars. War = terror and who have started more wars in the history of this world.
    England and the USA. The poor Americans are sacrificing their own children thinking that they are preserving “Freedom and Democracy” Really? and Pigs can fly!

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