The Latest from Iraq: The IRGC’s empire on the brink of collapse

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By The Free Iranian Staff
burning objects over the walls of the Iranian consulate in Karbala
Protesters threw burning objects over the walls of the Iranian consulate in Karbala

 

The Tehran regime is deathly afraid of the popular revolution underway in Iraq, as it fears that all of the billions it has spent to gain control over that country will have been for naught.

The regime has long viewed Iraq as its backyard, and, more importantly, seen the political and religious domination of Iraq as the first stage of exporting the “Islamic Revolution.” Tehran and its IRGC seemed to have succeeded in this aim with their creation, and arming, of the Hashd al-Shaabi and related militias, which guaranteed it a predominant role in Iraqi affairs.

Now, however, the everyday Iraqi citizens have risen up, en masse, in a leaderless revolt, to simply free themselves from the domination and impoverishment imposed on them by IRGC and its corrupt agents. Events took a definitive step forward over the past week, as protestors are actually seizing controls of areas and denying entry to the Iraqi government, and Tehran proxy, forces. The time may not be long before the IRGC is completely repelled.

October 31st

Iraq’s President, Barham Salih, announced that Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi is willing to resign. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators continued to march down the streets of Baghdad, however, saying that they want a total change of the political system, not just of the politicians, an end to Iranian interference, and also an end to clerical involvement in politics.  Three people were killed by police during today’s protests.

Large protests were also held in Nasiriya, Diwaniyah, Basra, Hilla, Samara, and Najaf.

November 1st

Massive crowds continued to occupy Baghdad, for the eighth straight day, as well as in seven other provinces. The crowds cheered as Ayatollah Sistani had a sermon delivered in Karbala expressing his support for the popular uprising. Today the protests were peaceful, as security forces and the Shi’a militias held back due to fear of Sistani’s influence.

 

November 2nd

In Umm Qasr, near Basra, demonstrators who had been sitting in the town square repulsed police attempts to disperse them overnight. In response, they stormed the oil shipping docks, and barricaded it with burning tires and concrete bars, preventing the usual commerce from taking place. Over 100 people were injured during the fighting. The crowds carried placards that read “Iran out of Iraq!” and “The Iraqi Government is Made in Iran.”

Hossein Salami, the commander of the IRGC, threatened to destroy Iraq in a speech this afternoon, stating that “if any enemy wants to use a location to attack Iran, we will destroy that location, so our reach is beyond our own borders, meaning that we will extend our area of power to anywhere our enemy intends to plot against us – we have achieved this power.”

Additionally, reports are also spreading that Turkey’s President Erdogan is supplying the Baghdad government with tear gas and anti-riot equipment.


Overnight, Siba al-Mahdawi, a doctor and human rights activist, who had been treating wounded protestors that were denied hospital admittance, was abducted from her home by unknown masked men.


November 3rd

Baghdad was at a total standstill today, as the masses blocked all major roads with barricades of burning tires. Banners were hung up that read “Roads closed by order of the people!” Crowds continued to loudly chant ant-Tehran slogans: “Get out Iran, get out!” and “Baghdad will remain free!” The protestors spit on, walked over, and burnt photographs of Ali Khamenei and Qassem Soleimani. They are also calling for all Iraqis to go on a national, general strike.

Tehran regime officials, whose propaganda line is that the Iraqi demonstrators are all “paid agents” of the USA, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, are now calling on their forces to attack the American embassy in Baghdad. Angered crowds in Karbala responded by storming the Iranian consulate, which has been a scene of prior protests and violence, finally breaking in, lowering the regime flag, and breaking down the complex’s wall, while screaming “Karbala is free!” They then set it ablaze using Molotov cocktails. Three protestors were killed during the attack.

Umm Qasr also remains occupied by demonstrators, and highways in some southern provinces are also being blockaded.

November 4th

Eight people were killed in Baghdad today, as security forces and Tehran’s militias attempted to retake control of the streets from the crowds. Eyewitnesses said that the policemen were aiming at protestors’ faces. The people then attempted to get into the Green Zone and attack the prime minister’s office, while hurling rocks, and setting tires and garbage ablaze. The skies of Baghdad turned pitch black from the smoke.


More violence erupted at night in Shatra, where two were killed when a crowd attempted to attack government offices.

Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi helplessly called on the protestors to “stop” but he has already lost whatever power he might have had. So far, he has not kept his promise to resign. Meanwhile, demonstrators occupying the roads in Basra and Umm Qasr are preventing troop movements between those cities and Baghdad.

In Anbar province, in the west of Iraq, which so far has not seen any protests, however, security forces are reporting to making mass arrests of individuals who are posting anti-government and anti-Iran messages on social media platforms.

Roads remain blocked in Samara, while demonstrations are continuing in Nasiriyah and Hillah. Protests also resumed at nightfall outside the Iranian consulate in Karbala.


November 5th

Overnight, the Iraqi blocked the Internet again. This blockage is more severe than the other ones implemented over the past month; almost the entire country is now cut off from accessing the Web.

Iran too, is completely censoring news of what is happening in Iraq.


Baghdad remained filled with crowds, as ordinary workers are joined by striking students, teachers, and lawyers.


In the southern oil port city of Umm Qasr, demonstrators seized an armored personnel carrier whilst fighting with soldiers, and Tehran proxies, who were trying to reopen the blocked shipping docks, and one protestor was killed in the melee. Two other people were killed during clashes in Nasiriyah, when crowds tried to attack the home of a government official.

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