By Walid Shoebat
Shoebat.com explained in detail yesterday what is happening in Iraq stating that: “It is not only a bomb that Tehran is after, they are slowly taking over Iraq. Iran will soon arise as a bear to consume much flesh. Today in Iraq, Asaib Ahl al-Haq (League of the Righteous), the Badr Brigades and Hezbollah are the three militias that have been instrumental in battling ISIS, the rival Sunni sect. These militias are the three small Iraqi Shi’ite armies, all backed by Iran, which together have become the most powerful military force in Iraq and are key to Iran’s power and influence inside neighboring Iraq.”
And now the Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in a joint press release, while both warned on Thursday of Iran’s ‘destabilizing’ policies in the region and stressed on ensuring Tehran doesn’t acquire nuclear weapons, Saudi Arabia was still not satisfied. In a strongly worded statement, al-Faisal told reporters during a joint conference with Kerry in Riyadh that “Iran is taking over Iraq.”
This is a major concern for Saudi Arabia.
Kerry, as the usual mantra goes, trying to comfort the Saudis said the United States was keeping an eye on Iran’s ‘destabilizing’ acts even as the two nations try to reach a deal on Tehran’s nuclear program.
“Even as we engage in these discussions with Iran around this program, we will not take our eye off Iran’s destabilizing actions” in the region,” he told reporters.
But Al-Feisal was very concerned while Kerry said Iran is still considered a state-sponsor of terrorism. In other words, he is saying that the U.S. is in bed with terrorists. Kerry added that his country was aware of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani’s presence and activity in Iraq.
In other words, Kerry is telling Saudi Arabia that he is aware that Iran is in Iraq, but not to worry, that the U.S. will back Saudi Arabia if needed.
Soleimani, a major concern for Saudi Arabia, is reportedly overseeing Shiite militias in the major offensive to expel Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants from the city of Tikrit.
Al-Faisal said that Kerry had given him assurances that Washington would not forget about other Iranian behavior in the region while it pursued a nuclear deal.
The Saudi top diplomat said Tikrit is an example of what is worrying the kingdom.
The kingdom “stresses the need to provide the military means needed to face this challenge on the ground,” al-Faisal said, adding that the Syrian crisis is providing shelter for terrorism, “with Assad’s blessing.”
Kerry, meanwhile, said military pressure may be needed to oust the Syrian president.
“He’s lost any semblance of legitimacy, but we have no higher priority than disrupting and defeating ISIS… Ultimately a combination of diplomacy and pressure will be needed to bring about a political transition,” he told reporters, adding that “military pressure may be needed.”
Despite Kerry’s assurances, Saudi Arabia is extremely concerned. Qassem Suleimani is the commander of the Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). So it is not ‘Iraq cleaning the ISIS mess’, but Iran encroaching into Iraq. Saudi Arabia is not fooled, Suleimani is fiercely loyal to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader. While he is viewed as a useful man to have by Shiite Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq’s prime minister, who is scrambling to organize a counterattack against the Sunni jihadis of ISIS, this deal is not free.
Since the U.S. lacks the will to have its ground forces embroiled in another Middle East war it is resorting to Iran which worries Saudi Arabia that the U.S. is disengaging from the Middle East which leaves its nation on its own to defend itself from Iran.
But none of this was necessary. Had the U.S. played the chips correctly, it would rely on smaller powers like Egypt and Syria to take on ISIS instead of deteriorating the relationships with the two nations. Obama intentionally alienated these two mini-powers for a reason. In order to fight ISIS it is best to work with Arab states struggling to survive ISIS rather than work with Iran and Turkey who will only fight ISIS in order to consume. Obama is more interested in the second, which will advance and catapult the Islamic revolution globally. From a practical standpoint, the uniformity of interests between the Assad government and the Islamic Republic of Iran were independent of the Shia roots of the Syrian Alawite government while Egypt is against the coming threat of the neo-Ottoman Turks, Obama’s closest ally.
Soleimani, the Iranian commander is a major threat to Saudi Arabia. He submitted to Iraq’s military in order to give instructions to the army and volunteers in the region. Today the Iraqi forces, composed of 27 thousand troops in addition to the volunteer fighters, are nearing the control of the city of Tikrit.
And now we see Soleimani working with Qais al-Khazali, the head of a militia called Asaib Ahl al-Haq (League of the Righteous) that is backed by Iran. He is one of the most feared and respected militia leaders in Iraq, and one of Iran’s most important representatives in the country. Alongside Asaib Ahl al–Haq, there are the Badr Brigades, formed in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq War, and the younger and more secretive Kataib Hezbollah, which is regarded as a terrorist organization by the State Department. The three militias have been instrumental in battling ISIS. These militias are the three small Iraqi Shi’ite armies, all backed by Iran, which together have become the most powerfulmilitary force in Iraq since the collapse of the national army in June and are key to Iran’s power and influence inside neighboring Iraq and further, into Saudi Arabia.
In 2012, Shoebat stated on a TV show that Iran will gain the nuke while many disagreed stating that Israel will take them out. Shoebat even said that Iran will attack Saudi Arabia: “They could launch them against Israel. But remember, the Israelis have the Arrow missile. It could meet any missile coming from Iran mid-way over the top of Saudi Arabia. And if you look at the Bible, remember, the Harlot is destroyed by two entities. By … the hand of My people, Israel, and then you have in Isaiah 21, Arise O Elam to destroy what? Arabia. Elam is Iran. Persia will destroy Arabia. I believe Arabia is the Harlot of Babylon. If you look at the Bible — when you read Babylon in the Bible — all the names of the cities, entities, regions within those [areas of] Babylon in the Bible, you will never find any ancient name of any Babylonian city … Every single vicinity [mentioned in Isaiah 21] is in Arabia. The burden against Dumah. Dumah is in Arabia… Dedan, Kedar, those are all in Arabia. It’s born from Babylon. That’s why it’s called the daughter of Babylon. We need to focus on Saudi Arabia because it is mentioned heavily in the Bible.”
Jeremiah 50:9, “For behold, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon An assembly of great nations from the north country, And they shall array themselves against her; From there she shall be captured. Their arrows shall be like those of an expert warrior; None shall return in vain.”
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We can now see clearer, Iran is gulping up Iraq, exactly as we said years ago. Saudi Arabia is more fearful of Iran, biblical Elam, who in Isaiah 21 destroys Arabia, the harlot, whom her clients will finally dump since the U.S. is favoring a new partner: Iran. Kerry is simply comforting the old hag telling her that he still cares for her and is why his name is Kerry.
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