Huge protests in Iraq against the Khomeiniist regime meddling in their country

ISICRC Report

 

Khomeini banner in Basra, set on fire.

Huge protests have been raging on for several day in southern Iraq. Sparked by tribal leaders in Basra, it then quickly spread to the other five provinces in the south, such as Najaf, Karbala, Maysan, Babil, and Dhi Qar. Demonstrators protested no only a lack of jobs and proper public services but also denounced the Khomeiniist regime’s meddling and influence in their country. The Iraqi government responded by disrupting internet and sending security forces to confront protestors.

Via Seth Frantzman, Jerusalem Post, oped editor.

Protesters in Najaf captured individuals who had been exposed as spies and agents of the regime in Tehran. They chanted: “those are Iranian pimps, those are Iranian mercenaries, those are Khamenei’s thugs, those are the damned Iranians.” In the Nasriyya region, they chanted: “Iran Iran we don’t want you anymore.” Najaf, Nasriyya, and souther Iraq is known as the Shia stronghold. Therefore, denouncing Iran by protesters and a portion of the population in the areas is not a good sign for the Khomeiniist regime.

The protesters did not stop at chants either; they attacked, invaded and destroyed Khomeiniist backed Islamic party offices and buildings. In Najaf Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s Dawa Party HQ was among the buildings that was raided and set it on fire, we protesters chanted “burn the Iranian parties.”

Shia grand Ayatollah and spiritual leader of the Iraqi Shia, Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who is based in Najaf, expressed sympathy with the protesters and their objections. 

Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who was closely aligned with Iran and indeed called “a puppet” of the Khomeiniist regime and whose Sayeroon political bloc won more seats in Iraq’s May election, tweeted that he agreed with and shared the very same concerns as that of the protesters, calling their protests “the revolution of the starving.” Interestingly following his trip to Saudi Arabia and meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman last year, Sadr, is said to have shed that image however. 

Below: July 13th – Iraqi protesters demonstrate their hatred toward the regime in Tehran, capturing Nouri al-Maliki’s Al-Dawa party headquarters, affiliated with the Khomeiniist regime.

Below: Iraqi protesters attack an Iranian plane who flies between Najaf in Iraq and Mashhad, in Iran, forcing the steps leading up to the planet, away and preventing the plane from taking off. 

Below: Saturday demonstration in Najaf where protesters chant against the Khomeiniist mafia political parties