On Monday, March 2, 2015 the Iraqi forces backed by Iranian Shia militias are moving against the Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS) terrorists in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit. The Iraqi forces will be moving in the direction of Tikrit in five different directions.
There are two Shia paramilitary commanders on the scene with the Iraq forces. We all know the Shadow Commander Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the elite Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force. The other paramilitary leader is the Iraqi Minister of Transportation and leader of the Badr organization Hadi al-Ameri. Both leaders are leading the fight against the Islamic State in Tikrit.
Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani stated in a speech, “We are witnessing the export of the Islamic revolution throughout the region, from Bahrain and Iraq to Syria, Yemen and North Africa.”
Qasem Soleimani comments had severely angered the rulers of Saudi Arabia who has been pressuring the United States to deploy ground forces to Iraq. Saudi Arabia is worried about Iran taking over Iraq. I think this is a little late for that since Iran has a major influence on Iraq. There are over 10,000 Iranian Shia militias operating in Iraq under the command of Gen. Soleimani and do not forget the several other Shia militia groups backed by Iran. The Iran’s Militias have already taken over the Iraqi military. I have been saying this, and the Iraqi government will have to make a decision on what to do with the Iranian-backed and well armed Shia militia’s in Iraq after removing the Islamic State terrorists.
The Iraqi government’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi did not inform the U.S. armed forces or the government that the Iraq forces were going to attack the town of Tikrit. The Iraqi PM did not give the courtesy to inform the CENTCOM Commander Gen. Lloyd Austin, who is based in Baghdad of the military campaign. The Iraq government decided to keep the US military in the dark. This is very disappointing. You have to ask who is Iraq Prime Minister al-Abadi working for the Iraqi people or Tehran.