Iran, May 18, 2020—
Recent developments in Iraq have raised eyebrows among senior Iranian regime officials in Tehran and many are publicly voicing their concerns. Sa’dollah Zarei, a brigadier general in Iran known for his pro-regime articles, wrote the following in Kayhan
daily, the mouthpiece of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
“Iraq is undergoing very dangerous circumstances. The U.S. military presence is considered the most important security challenge. The Americans are also imposing immense pressure to maintain their forces in Iraq. This clearly indicates that despite what some may say in their remarks, this country has a long-term agenda to remain in Iraq and this can evolve into a very significant change of events for Iraq’s future,” the May 17 piece reads in part.
Mustafa al-Kadhimi has recently been appointed as the Prime Minister of Iraq. The Kayhan
piece also sheds light on the Iranian regime’s concerns in this regard. “The appointment of Abdolvahab al-Saedi as head of the anti-terrorism police force in Iraq is a sign from the new Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. Saedi is a general who enjoys the support of both the Americans and the Baathists.”
“Furthermore, Al-Kadhemi inviting NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg for a visit to Iraq and announcing a new round of talks between Washington and Baghdad regarding a security agreement raises the probability of important security transitions taking place inside the Iraqi government,” the article adds.https://english.mojahedin.org/i/iran-iraq-khamenei-mostafa-alkadhemi-20200518