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London, 12 Mar - A coalition of Iran-backed Shiite militias officially became part of the Iraqi military on Thursday, which places the US in a difficult position as it tries to prevent Iran from expanding its influence over Iraq.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued the ruling to induct the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF or Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi) into the Iraqi military and give them ranks and salaries, proportionate to other branches of the armed forces, just one day after receiving Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri for an official visit.

Iran Focus

London, 20 Feb - The Prime Minister of Iraq, Haidar al-Abadi, has called on the international community to help his country rebuild after successive wars destroyed the nation and many rose to the occasion. However, Iran, who has arguably done more damage in Iraq than the rest combined, didn’t contribute anything.

This is not surprising, of course, Iran needs that money to fund terrorism and proxy wars across the Middle East.

There is, however, another reason that Iran would not contribute and that is that the Iranian Regime actively benefits from having Iraq in tatters and would not like to its neighbour become stable and independent.

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London, 15 Nov - The Iranian Regime has made its first gain in its attack against the Kurdish people’s legitimate struggle for independence – Kirkuk oil.

In the aftermath of the referendum on Kurdistan’s independence on September 25, the Iranian Regime and its Popular Mobilisation Unit (PMU) proxies helped the Iraqi government to invade Kirkuk province driving the Kurdish people from the area that they took back from ISIS.

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London, 7 Dec - An Iranian-backed militia in Iraq has threatened to attack American forces in the country over Donald Trump’s decision to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Al-Nojaba militia chief Akram al-Kaabi said in a statement: "The decision by Trump on Al-Quds [Jerusalem] makes it legitimate to strike the American forces in Iraq."

The number of US troops in Iraq- who are fighting ISIS- varies between 5,000 and 9,000 depending on which figures you use.

There are roughly 1,500 fighters in this group, which was established in 2013 and is supported by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

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London, 31 Oct - Commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, was behind the operation that resulted in the recent takeover of Kirkuk by Iranian backed militias and the Iraqi army. This shows that Iran, without a doubt, has an extremely influential role in Iraq.

It is unclear how much of a role was played by the Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi, but it is certain that the big decisions were made by Iran to be followed in Iraq.

Al-Abadi is being criticised for resorting to violence against the Kurds so early on and they say that he should have engaged in talks in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region. Furthermore, Erbil played a big role alongside Baghdad in the fight against ISIS.

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