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RE: INSIGHT - Iran/Iraq/US - iranian response to sanctions in Iraq

Released on 2012-08-05 16:00 GMT

Email-ID 1151790
Date 2010-06-15 16:14:32
As I see it the Iranians are in a sort of a bind on how the can use Iraq
against the United States. On one hand, things are looking pretty good in
terms of Tehran's Shia allies dominating the next government, which means
Iran filling the geopolitical vacuum created by the withdrawal of U.S.
forces. That alone could force the American hand. So, it is not clear if
the IRI wants to light a fire under its western neighbor and ruin its own
position. Keep in mind that the al-Sadrite militia is more of a symbolic
tool than a real one. It is no longer the fighting force it used to be and
by (Iranian) design. The Iranians have other non-brand name entities that
they can rely on should the need arise.

From: []
On Behalf Of Reva Bhalla
Sent: June-15-10 10:05 AM
To: Analyst List
Subject: Re: INSIGHT - Iran/Iraq/US - iranian response to sanctions in

yes, have some additional insight on what the Iranians have been planning
for the Sadrites and their comeback

On Jun 15, 2010, at 8:47 AM, Emre Dogru wrote:

we wrote about al-Sadrite's decision to reactivate Mahdi Army and Iranian
moves behind it on April 23
Radical Iraqi Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr's movement has called on its
armed wing, the Mehdi Army, to help the country's security forces protect
its Shiite majority against militant attacks. Senior al-Sadrite leader
Baha al-Araji criticized the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
for incompetence in failing to prevent recent bombings.
In other words, the statement about reviving the al-Sadrite militia is not
just about sectarian power struggles, but also intra-Shia power politics.
At a higher level, talk of resuscitating the Mehdi Army could also be a
signal from Iran - which is closely controlling the evolution of the
al-Sadrite movement - to the United States that Washington must accept an
Iranian-leaning Shiite-dominated Iraqi government or risk having its
drawdown plans upset by sectarian warfare. At this preliminary stage, it
is unclear whether the Mehdi Army will be re-activated - and if so, in
what shape or form. But in the context of Iraqi government formation and
the continuing U.S.-Iranian fight for Iraq, the development is key amidst
growing sectarian tensions.
Peter Zeihan wrote:

how seriously do we take this bit:

The source says Iran has decided to reactivate the Mahdi army.

Reginald Thompson wrote:

PUBLICATION: analysis/background

SOURCE DESCRIPTION: well-connected Arab journalist working for BBC,
focused on Iraq
SOURCE Reliability : C

Iran's answer to the new sanctions will begin in Iraq. The formation of a
grand coalition between the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National
Coalition is the first step in Iran's answer. Iran will complicate matters
in Iraq for the US in a way that makes the redeployment of the US troops a
daunting matter.

The source says Iran has decided to reactivate the Mahdi army. He says he
expects al-Qaeda's terror attacks in Iraq to resurge now that they have
decided to escalate their pressure on their common US "enemy." He does
not expect Iraqi Shiites to start any military provocations of US troops
in Iraq immediately. They want, nevertheless, to convince the US that this
is a ready option for them. The source expects the political and security
situation in Iraq to deteriorate. He says Iranian president mahmud
Ahmadinejad has consolidated his power in Iran and has, in fact, assumed
the operational prerogatives of Ayatollah Khamene


Emre Dogru


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