While protests against the Iranian regime’s interference and institutionalized corruption continues in Iraq, Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force chief Qasem Soleimani traveled to Baghdad on Saturday, December 14.
Soleimani traveled to Iraq aiming to convince various political parties to maintain Mohammed Shia’ Sabbar al-Sudani as the new candidate for the prime ministry, the Al-Arabiya website reported on December 16.
Al-Sudani is member of the Islamic Dawa Party led by former Iraqi PM Nouri Al-Maleki who is charged with embezzlement, corruption, murder and terrorizing his opponents. al-Sudani was also a minister in Maleki’s cabinet.
Another candidate is Ghosi Al-Sahih. He was a minister in Adel Abdol Mehdi’s cabinet and close to Nouri Al-Maleki. Following his nomination for the PM post, the Iraqi people protested in numerous cities including Baghdad, Naseriyah, Najaf and Basra.
According to the Al-Sharq website on December 18, in Basra, southern Iraq, being the birthplace of Sahil Al-Ghosi, Iraqi demonstrators burned tires, blocked roads and demanded an independent prime minister.
The London based Ilaf website wrote on December 16 that Iraqi protesters call on the United Nations Security Council to hold an urgent meeting to counter the interference of all Iranian forces in Iraq.
The Organizing Committee of The October Revolution issued a statement on December 14 pointing out that the Iranian regime’s military forces entered Iraqi soil on Saturday at 4am through the Zabatia border crossing in Wasit Province of southern Iraq. Various IRGC armored vehicles were dispatched and entered Iraqi soil at 3 pm.
The Organizing Committee added that this is an occupation by the Iranian regime in full cooperation with the Iraqi government, Parliament and paramilitary forces.
The international community has a moral and legal obligation to help the Iraqi people, the Committee statement adds. The Committee also called on the UN Security Council to take clear actions against this obvious interference.
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