Other reports indicate that the Iraqi decision to follow suit with Iran may have been motivated in large part by pressure from the Popular Mobilization Forces, a coalition of mainly Shiite militant groups that fights against ISIL but has also been accused of carrying out reprisals and human rights violations against Sunni populations. The paramilitary groups that comprise that coalition are largely financed and trained by Iran, and as with similar forces in Syria, some of them have sworn allegiance to the Iranian supreme leader over and above the government of their own country.
The coalition reportedly told Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that it hoped not only that American nationals would be banned from traveling to Iraq after this date, but also that those already in the country would be expelled. Insofar as the response to Trump’s executive order has given Iraq and Iran a pretext to work in concert while also ramping up anti-Western rhetoric in each country.
This is particularly important because of its potential to have knock-on effects upon much more broad-ranging networks that include both the Islamic Republic of Iran and established terrorist groups. Throughout recent months, there have been various reports on Iranian efforts to establish itself as the head of a mainly Shiite hegemony spreading across the Middle East.
The World Bulletin indicated on Monday that the Palestinian terror group had once again signaled its receptiveness to efforts at such reconciliation. While visiting Algeria, a senior Hamas official by the name of Sami Abu Zuhri declared without elaboration, “Efforts and contacts are underway to boost relations with Iran and we hope we will achieve something positive.”
Iranian officials have explicitly indicated that their regional strategy extends from their own territory to the Mediterranean, where their control over the Syrian government in Damascus is crucial. That control has also opened up a new Hezbollah front against Israel by entrenching itself in the Golan Heights. Meanwhile, Hamas controls the Gaza Strip and expanded Iranian influence over that area would intensify the existential threat that Iran poses to the Jewish state.
Under a United Nations Security Council resolution coinciding with the implementation of the nuclear agreement, Iran is called upon to avoid further development or testing of such weapons, and yet several such tests have taken place since nuclear negotiations ended in July 2015. Fox News reported on Monday that yet another such test had just been observed in an area about 140 miles east of Tehran.
As is underscored by the recent boosts in relations among Iran and various regional terrorist groups, the danger posed by these weapons and their theoretical nuclear payloads is not just that they might be used by the Iranian regime itself against Israel or more distant targets. Rather, the threat also includes the possibility of such weapons being included in the ongoing smuggling of arms from the Islamic Republic to its terrorist proxies elsewhere in the region.
It is noteworthy, that by escalation of public protests and social discontent inside Iran, which has caused more domestic suppression and daily violation of human rights, regime needs to export the crisis out of Iran more than ever, and this is the main motive behind all abovementioned ditch efforts, one should never imagine that Iran regime’s power postures are out of its stable and powerful position.