Former Iraqi finance and foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari said the abduction of Qataris in Iraq defeated the country’s sovereignty. This was not the first abduction of its kind. Before that, Turkish construction company workers were kidnapped in al-Sadr city in Baghdad. Both crimes were committed by militias affiliated with Iran.
Does it make sense that an armed gang detains a group of Qataris, who legally entered Iraq and who were under the protection of Iraqi security forces, upon Iran’s instructions? The Hezbollah Brigades in Iraq which are affiliated with Iran dared to publicly defy the government! They kidnapped the Qataris for 18 months and bargained on behalf of the Iranians to release them!
Iran is doing in Iraq what it did in Lebanon in the 1980s. Back then, Iran turned Lebanon into an arena against the West while maintaining the security of its own territories as it was far from the confrontations. Lebanon became a target for Israeli occupation and American shelling while Syrian forces wreaked havoc. Lebanon has been suffering ever since, and it is currently a state with incomplete sovereignty.
In the years following the exit of American troops from Iraq, Iran has succeeded in infiltrating and controlling the Iraqi state. Tehran went as far as imposing its interpretation of the Algiers border agreement between Iran and Iraq. Iran altered the path of water in Shatt al-Arab and obligated the Iraqi government to fund its militias in Iraq and Syria under the excuse of fighting terrorist organizations.Abdulrahman al-Rashed