IRAQI CRISIS DEEPENS

Maliki clings on to premiership; deepening crisis in Iraq; growing military presence of Iran

Once again the newly elected Iraqi parliament has failed to elect a prime minister due to Maliki’s refusal to quit and his determination to cling on to power for a third term, despite overwhelming popular Iraqi and international opposition. Although various political factions and religious leaders in Iraq, together even with some members of Maliki’s own State of Law Coalition, have stated their outright opposition to Maliki’s third term as prime minister, he is attempting to stay in power through blackmail and coercion. In his speech on Wednesday he bizarrely claimed that if his third term as prime minister is not approved “the gates of hell will open to Iraq”.

According to the Elaph News Website Maliki has asked the newly elected President Fuad Masum to introduce him to the parliament as Prime Minister, but when the President refused, Maliki threatened that he would force him to do so. Maliki in eight years has driven Iraq to the edge of the precipice, acting on orders from his puppet-masters in Tehran. If he remains in power, the crisis in Iraq will deepen and the Iranian regime’s military presence will increase.

Reuters wrote on August 3: “Regional experts believe the (Iranian) Revolutionary Guards have increased the supply of weapons and funds to proxy militant groups inside Iraq in recent weeks…. A high-level Iraqi security official who asked not to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to the media said Iran had now mobilised up to 20,000 Iraqi militiamen from groups it funded and trained. The fighters are spread south from Samarra to Baghdad and down into the farming communities south of the capital….In addition, there are dozens of members of Lebanon's Shi'ite militia Hezbollah in Iraq…. One Hezbollah commander, a veteran of the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel named Ibrahim al Haj, was killed near Mosul recently."

This is while the crisis in the north of Iraq becomes more desperate every day and a greater number of Iraqi people are driven from their homes because of the terrorist ISIS’ actions in the forcible displacement of thousands of Christians and Yazidis.

The European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA) has repeatedly announced in the past and it re-emphasizes now, that the crisis in Iraq will be only resolved by evicting the Iranian regime from this country; the ousting of Maliki from power is only the first step on this path. A national salvation government composed of all sectors of Iraqi society, including those who have been marginalized until now from the political process, needs to be established, to be followed in a fairly short time by a free election under the complete supervision of the United Nations. That would open the way to confront ISIS on a national scale. Peace and conflict resolution in Iraq and the region as a whole may only be realised if the U.S., EU and UN work to remove Maliki immediately.

Iraq is at a critical juncture right now and Maliki’s insistence on remaining in office will bring about catastrophic consequences for Iraq and its territorial integrity.