[size=32]The Baghdad government consents to Washington's sanctions on leaders in popular mobilization
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BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdulmahdi found himself forced to bow to the US will to counter Iran's influence in his country by disclosing concrete actions against some of Iran's friends in Iraq, despite his efforts to show restraint.
Surprisingly, specialized Iraqi authorities have taken urgent decisions against local figures listed on US sanctions lists for suspicious links to Iran, raising widespread fears among Tehran's allies.
The former US governor and former governor of Nineveh, Nawfal al-Aakoub, leader of the Christian group "Babylonian" Christian Rayyan Chaldean, and the commander of the 30th brigade in the popular crowd, al-Qado, who prefers to call my father Jaafar al-Hattab, in a sectarian reference to his Shia, was on the sanctions list because of involvement in crimes against human rights and financial corruption that led to humane abuses.
While Adel Abdul Mahdi ordered an armed militia of the Popular Popular Forces, led by a close associate of Iran and controlling ethnically mixed areas in Nineveh, to stop working immediately, the Central Bank of Iraq directed all government and private banks to freeze the assets of the four Iraqi figures, With it, and careful to prevent them from getting the dollar, threatening violators with measures up to the closure.
Government documents seen by the "Arabs" revealed a decision by Baghdad that Abu Abafar's forces should withdraw from the Nineveh plain, populated by a mixture of Christians, Shiites and Sunni Muslims, after widespread debate over human rights abuses.
Al-Shattab forces were accused of preventing Sunni Arabs from returning to their areas in the Nineveh Plain, after being purged of an oppressive organization.
Christians, Shabak and loyalists of Abu Jaafar al-Hattab and Rayyan al-Chaldani say they do not trust the Iraqi army and police, most of whom are Muslim, preferring to be protected from Christian and Shabak fighters.
But others in Nineveh say the Christian and retaliation brigades in the popular crowd are only names, including Shiite Muslim fighters, provided by pro-Iranian Iraqi militias such as Asaib Ahl al-Haq and Saraya Kharasani.
They say the Revolutionary Guards used Chaldean and Shabiki brigades as part of a popular rally in Nineveh to recruit hundreds of Shiite fighters from southern Iraq into their ranks as Christians and Shabaks, causing a wave of local rejection and divisions.
The Chaldean Church declared its rejection of any Christian faction or movement.
"The Chaldean Church is a step by the Prime Minister to organize and structure the popular crowd in the right direction in order to limit the state's arms and strengthen its institutions, as well as to strengthen national awareness among the Iraqis and to unify the national identity," said Cardinal Luis Sacco.
"The Chaldean Church has refused to join the official security services of the Iraqi army, federal police and Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan region of Iraq," he said.
The Central Bank of Iraq, the highest monetary authority in the country, all government and private banks to freeze transactions with Iraqi personalities listed on the list of sanctions the US Treasury Department.
He told banks of the need to know the names of persons covered by US sanctions, freeze their assets and stop dealing with them and prevent them from obtaining the US currency.
He stressed the need to provide Iraqi banks with any information or financial documents and banking belonging to these personalities.
Senior political sources in Baghdad told the Arabs that "these measures were taken under the direct guidance of the Iraqi prime minister after receiving a clear American warning."
The sources said that "the United States expressed to Abdulmahdi its dissatisfaction with the monitoring of the maneuvers of some government agencies in Iraq with a view to violating the sanctions imposed on Iran and its Iraqi allies," asserting that "Washington has confirmed its readiness to include Iraq sanctions if confirmed to seek help Iran" .
The Iraqi government was not expected to cooperate in the implementation of US sanctions. In addition to being the weakest party in the local equation, hundreds of its key employees would be harmed by sanctions because their destinies were linked to the rotten financial cycle run by the four targeted by the US decision.
An Iraqi political observer said that the Iraqi government has no real authority over popular mobilization, and therefore the latter will not be allowed to be the tool through which US sanctions are transformed into realistic implementation, which is known to the American side, which may resort to activating censorship within the banking circles, Central Bank of Iraq.
The observer said in a statement to the "Arabs" that the process is not as simple as it looks, the four targeted by the sanctions involved in major operations, may be larger than that contained in the Iraqi official apparatus in addition to they have utilitarian links to Iran, which is a kind of red lines that The Iraqi government is not thinking of skipping them out of fear that it will turn over.
He pointed out that the application of sanctions outside Iraq, especially as those who have possession of movable and immovable assets there is more accessible than the application within it, and expected that the competent US departments more cautious in their search for the most effective ways to exert pressure, and that these pressures may not result in anything It is worth mentioning that if it is limited to warning and threatening the Iraqi government.
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