By Walid Shoebat
Now we know that “at least 30,000 soldiers and military experts from the Islamic Republic of Iran are fighting ISIS in Iraq,” Shakhawan Abdullah, head of the parliamentary security and defense committee stated adding that the Iranian force is a “threat to Iraq’s sovereignty.”
U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel on March 11 that an estimated 20,000 Iran-backed Shiite militias had joined 3,000 Iraqi security troops and 1,000 Sunni tribal fighters in the ongoing campaign to retake Tikrit from ISIS.
Gen. Lloyd Austin, the top commander of U.S. military efforts against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, told lawmakers on March 3 that Iran poses the “most significant threat” to the Middle East.
“Iran continues to pursue policies that threaten U.S. strategic interests and goals throughout the Middle East,” added the U.S. Central Command chief.
Echoing Gen. Austin, retired Gen. David Petraeus said that Iran represents the “most significant long-term threat” to the Iraq region.
“We need to recognize that the #1 long term threat to Iraq’s equilibrium — and the broader regional balance — is not the Islamic State, which I think is on the path to being defeated in Iraq and pushed out of its Iraqi sanctuary,” Gen. Petraeus, who also served as CIA director under President Obama, told The Washington Post. “The most significant long term threat is that posed by the Iranian-backed Shiite militias.”
On March 5th, Shoebat.com reported that “the Iraqi forces, composed of 27 thousand troops in addition to the volunteer fighters, are nearing the control of the city of Tikrit.”
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