Iran IRGC establishing supply lines for Assad through Mosul

May 04
  • Print
Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia forces
Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia forces

By Iran Probe staff

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) is establishing a number of bases in Mosul in northern Iraq where its Quds Force officers are stationed alongside members of the Iraqi Hashid al-Sha’bi (Popular Mobilization Units). These forces are on the verge of establishing supply lines for Bashar Assad in Syria.

The Shiite militias established following a fatwa issued by leading religious leaders in Iraq are known as Hashid al-Sha’bi. These units have been able to retake a large portion of Iraq from ISIS control and their ranks and files enjoy vast support from Iran.

The IRGC Quds Force is behind the organization of these numerous bases in Mosul, according to Asharq al-Awsat. Dozens of Quds Force-linked military and political sites have been opened in eastern Mosul, with Iranian officers visiting continuously.

In the past few weeks Iran has equipped its linked militias in Mosul with heavy weaponry and drones, reports indicate.

Coinciding with this meddling, former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, known for his close relations with Tehran, has been busy meeting with tribes with the intention of gaining the highest number of parliamentary seats in Mosul and changing the city’s social fabric.

Maliki will attempt to maintain insecurity in Mosul and create sedition amongst the city residents, according to Asharq al-Awsat.

Experts believe Iran is seeking to establish ground routes to Assad in Syria and the Lebanese Hezbollah to increase its influence across the region.

 

IMG 7302yad 36

Iraj Masjedi

Iran has appointed Iraj Masjedi, deputy of Quds Force chief Qassem Suleimani, as its new ambassador in Iraq. Masjedi used to be Suleimani’s first deputy and in charge of the Iraq dossier in the Quds Force.

Iran is changing the fabrication of Mosul’s population following its liberation from ISIS control. This has raised concerns amongst Turkish, Kurdish and Iraqi Sunni officials.

 

C rGsfKXYAgYu8z

Iraj Masjedi and Nouri al-Maliki

Tagged under
Published in News
Last modified on Sunday, 26 November 2017 13:32

External Links

Two Misguided Reports

  • HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Report
    HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Report
    On 18 May 2005, the US based Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) issued a 28-page report (“the HRW Report”) concerning the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (“PMOI / MEK”).  Entitled ‘No Exit: Human Rights Abuses Inside the MKO Camps’, the HRW Report was essentially based on 12 hours of telephone interviews with 12…
  • Courting Disaster, A response to Rand report on People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran
    Courting Disaster, A response to Rand report on People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran
    The RAND National Defense Research Institute published in July 2009 the report The Mujahedin-e Khalq: A Policy Conundrum for the Multi-National Force-Iraq, Task Force 134 (Detainee Operations). The report focuses on the circumstances surrounding the detention of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK) at Camp Ashraf and “whether MeK members were taken into custody…