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2017-04-04 10:30:30

Saudi Arabia or Iran: which would benefit the most if Iraqi top cleric al-Sadr were assassinated?

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Following the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of notorious Baathist regime, Iraq’s ruthlessly suppressed Shia majority seized the exciting opportunity to return to political arena after decades of a tyrannical regime depriving them from their inalienable political rights.

 

 

From the very beginning there was a deep conviction that Washington sought to prolong its occupation and find a Shia ally force in Iraq but all to no avail as Ayatollahs in Iran insisted on Iraqi national solidarity and expulsion of ‘American invaders’. Amidst this political chaos , Muqtada al-Sadr , a young shia cleric and recalcitrant warlord , with the military backing of Iran, created a strong militia known as Jaish al-Mahd? or Mahdi Army which ultimately drove American and British forces from Iraq.

 

A zealous cleric, Muqtada who hails from a prominent religious family, almost immediately launched a fierce campaign of resistance against Americans which lasted for years .He gradually became an Iranian pawn in post-Saddam Iraq and acted totally according to Iranian agenda. He spent many years in Iranian theological seminaries, studying Islamic law, jurisprudence and philosophy and it is said that he stay every year in Iran’s holy city of Qom for nearly six months.

 

Although Muqtada al-Sadr can boast about the staggering number of his supporters in Baghdad’s streets, but he cannot escape easily from the shocking murder allegation which since April 2003 haunted him day and night. According to Iraqi authorities, an angry mob affiliated with Muqtada al-Sadr attacked and murdered Abdul Majid al-Khoei, the son of Grand Ayatollah Abul Qasim al-Khoei. Muqtada became a fugitive from Iraqi justice but it was Iran that offered the hapless al-Sadr a safe haven in Tehran. It is clear now that Iranians saved al-Sadr’s life to use his influence among his supporters in order to get rid of US-led occupation forces in neighboring Iraq.

 

 

As Shia forces vigorously joined the Iraqi political game, the conventional political equation has changed dramatically in the volatile Middle-East region and Iran’s fortunes changed for the better. The ‘New Iraq’ aligned itself with Riyadh’s arch-enemy Iran, thus Saudi Arabia could no longer consider Iraq as the bulwark against Iranian encroachment. The Saudi regime had no option other than trying to prevent Iran from creating a Shia crescent— a chain of Shia communities stretching all the way from Tehran to Beirut— ,or at least neutralize Iraq politically, but how?

 

New political shifts demand new political adjustments and Saudis regime knew this well .in retrospect, the emergence of powerful pro-Saudi Sunni factions in Iraqi Parliament and so-called Sunni insurgents in Iraq’s western provinces–most of whom are former Baath army officers— can be understood in the context of Saudi endeavor to ruin Iraq’s nascent democracy and ultimately incite a full-fledged Sunni-Shia war.

 

 

Having failed miserably to push Iraq to brink of religious and ethnic war, Saudi Arabia now moves to plan B, according which it will try to ignite an internecine warfare within Shia community itself. Evidently, in a democratic system, disparate opinions and views regarding how to lead a nation is quite natural but the problem is that the backward Saudi regime cannot tolerate a vibrant democracy anywhere near its borders. Recently, Saudi-funded news channels–namely Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera — began to exaggerate and change the nature of key demands of Muqtada al-Sadr loyalists who took to the streets asking government to put up a serious fight against widespread corruption and an overhaul of the commission monitoring elections scheduled for September.

 

 

 

In other words, Saudi Arabia wants to ride over the wave of Iraqi people’s reformist movement and exploit thousands of protesters’ legitimate demands to promote its own destructive agenda at the expense of Iraqi nation, Shia and Sunni alike. In the recent days Saudi news channels desperately tried accusing Iran of an alleged plot to kill Muqtada al-Sadr and depicting it siding with Shia-led administration of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi against the Sadrist Movement. The truth is that any attempt on al-Sadr’s life will certainly harm Iranian interests and will jeopardize Tehran’s links with Mahdi Army — also known as Sar?y? al-Sal?m or Peace Companies–which proved to be a significant Iranian instrument against Americans Saudis.

 

According to well-informed security sources, the Saudi infamous foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir will pay an unexpected visit to Iraq (in a near future) to add fuel to the fire and pit brother against brother.

Iran or Saudi Arabia?

The liquidation of Shia community, especially the Sadr Movement and its charismatic leader Muqtada al-Sadr could have catastrophic consequences for Iranian hegemony in the Middle-East and it is clear that Saudi regime will become the main beneficiary in case of al-Sadr’s death.

 

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