Basra rises against the Persian enemy

Mohammed Al Shaikh
Mohammed Al Shaikh
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I believe what has happened in Basra is a historic turning point that could be considered a sign that in the future there will be developments to get Iraq out of the crisis caused by politicians and sectarian leaders.

Basra has been the incubator of the “Twelver” Shiite, and the majority of its inhabitants belong to this sect. Iran promotes itself as the sponsor and supporter of Shiites everywhere in the world, not only in Iraq.

It’s through this sectarian dimension that Iran managed to penetrate the Iraqi society and to establish armed parties and militias and fund them so that they become loyal to it, instead of being loyal to their country.

The recent uprising in Basra at the beginning demanded basic services and had no political motivations. This was obvious to everyone who has followed the revolution since its early days. However, what should not be ignored is that the demonstrators went to the headquarters of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, which are loyal to Iran, and burnt its headquarters in Basra.

Iran wanted Iraq and its Shiites to be its first line of defense, especially in the face of the US siege that is going to be imposed on it

Mohammed Al Shaikh

Then they did something more dangerous when they broke into the Iranian consulate and burnt it. This is a significant development that indicates that the sectarian dimension which Iran was trying to establish and solidify is now collapsing because of the Basra uprising.

During the Sadrist revolt in Baghdad around two years ago, the people were cheering “Get out Iran, Iraq should be free”. It is known that the followers of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr are the ones who won the majority of the votes.

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All these indicators collectively suggest that the Iraqis have started to realize the Iranian agenda, which seeks to abolish Iraq’s independence and annex Iraq to be like a backyard of the mullahs’ republic. Iran wanted Iraq and its Shiites to be its first line of defense, especially in the face of the US siege that is going to be imposed on it.

Tide is turning

In other words, Iran wants to make Iraq a scapegoat that would hinder the US from besieging it. It seems that Muqtada al-Sadr became aware of Iran’s dangerous intentions which would make Iraq bear new crises and tragedies that it cannot afford.

There is no doubt that diminishing Iranian interference in Iraq is a major loss for the Iranian regime. The Persian mullahs would not be able to accept this easily.

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Moreover, Iran’s Iraqi agents have started to feel that their exposed support for Iran cannot be justified as there is a majority of the Iraqi people that rejects to sacrifice their sovereignty and independence as well as Arabism to be Iran’s first line of defense.

This has made Basra’s glorious uprising tantamount to the flame that cane make Iraqi Shiites, as well as Sunnis, significantly contribute to restraining Iranian influence.

This article is also available in Arabic.
Mohammed Al Shaikh is a Saudi writer with al-Jazirah newspaper. He tweets @alshaikhmhmd.

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