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Iran-Saudi tangle over Iraq’s transition

Posted by seumasach on August 14, 2014


Indian Punchline

14th August, 2014

The statement by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday endorsing the nomination of Haider al-Abadi as Iraq’s next prime minister puts the seal on Tehran’s backing for the political transition in Baghdad. It virtually seals the fate of incumbent PM Nouri al-Maliki, whose ship has run aground after a decade-long voyage.

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2 Responses to “Iran-Saudi tangle over Iraq’s transition”

  1. jon said

    I think a major point is being missed here. Who is backing and controlling ISIS? There leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. emerged as a leader, and according to US Department of Defense records, he was held at Camp Bucca as a “civilian internee” by US Forces-Iraq from February until December 2004, and then released. A Combined Review and Release Board recommended an “unconditional release” of al-Baghdadi. It was during the time of his release that there was an increase in al-quada style attacks, with bombs in market places and against Shia targets. This was in contrast to the non-fundamental resistance which targeted the occupation. I have suspected that the al-quada type groups that emerged out of Iraq were manipulated by the US and Brits, in order to undermine the legitimate resistance, and associate this resistance with al-quada type attacks against civilians, and thereby delegitimize it internationally. The US learned from the experience of Vietnam and from film ‘Battle of Algiers’ that intellectuals and activists in the west can support resistance by analysing and articulating the causes to a wider audience. This becomes difficult if the violence is sectarian and targets civilians. ISIS serves a purpose in that it has split Syria. Realising that the official opposition are divided, and that Ed Milliband ensured there would be no military intervention, the US have given some indirect support for ISIS through saudi and qatar sources. ISIS has also split Iraq, and although I don’t think this Iraqi intervention was planned by US, they might take advantage of it. a divided Iraq will allow them to do the old divide and conquer routine, and already France and UK are for supporting the Kurds. It is also part of the bigger plan to keep the middle-east divided.

  2. seumasach said

    The simple fact is that the US have gone from working with ISIS to bombing them. That indicates either an about turn in US policy or severe divisions within US. Destabilising Middle East requires supporting ISIS not confronting them. Iran seems to be going along with Obama here but would oppose independent Kurdistan. Since Iran have decisive influence here I don’t expect that to happen. US can support Sunni extremists or Iran but not both. I think they’re moving closer to Iran

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