Iran’s domination over everything in Iraq from controlling commerce, construction and supply of bad products to controlling banks, the government, the parliament and political parties can be clearly seen. A New York Times report described the situation by stating that Iran controls everything in Iraq from television stations to selling drugs.
Iran is trying to justify its presence in Iraq and control of it by claiming that the latter needs it and that without it, Iraq will collapse. It claims it liberated Mosul from ISIS but this is not true. The Iraqi army forces, supported by the US, were the ones who mainly fought in the battle.
It is in the interest of the region, including GCC countries, to support Iraq’s independence and make the Iraqis feel that they are not aloneAbdulrahman al-Rashed