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    Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants

    Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants | World news | theguardian.com

    Iran has sent 2,000 advance troops to Iraq in the past 48 hours to help tackle a jihadist insurgency, a senior Iraqi official has told the Guardian.

    The confirmation comes as the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, said Iran was ready to support Iraq from the mortal threat fast spreading through the country, while the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, called on citizens to take up arms in their country's defence.

    Addressing the country on Saturday, Maliki said rebels from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) had given "an incentive to the army and to Iraqis to act bravely". His call to arms came after reports surfaced that hundreds of young men were flocking to volunteer centres across Baghdad to join the fight against Isis.

    In Iran, Rouhani raised the prospect of Teheran cooperating with its old enemy Washington to defeat the Sunni insurgent group which is attempting to ignite a sectarian war beyond Iraq's borders.
    Does this raise any red flags for anyone?
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    Re: Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post

    It appears they are also setting up Security for Baghdad. They even sent their General of the Quds force. Also this morning thy issued a Warning for no other military intervention saying it will cause the whole region to go. But this was after they sent in these troops.

    I wonder if Maliki told BO he had the Iranians there 2 days ago. From your link.


    The Iraqi official said 1,500 basiji forces had crossed the border into the town of Khanaqin, in Diyala province, in central Iraq on Friday, while another 500 had entered the Badra Jassan area in Wasat province overnight. The Guardian confirmed on Friday that Major General Qassem Suleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds Force, had arrived in Baghdad to oversee the defence of the capital.

    There is growing evidence in Baghdad of Shia militias continuing to reorganise, with some heading to the central city of Samarra, 70 miles (110km) north of the capital, to defend two Shia shrines from Sunni jihadist groups surrounding them.

    The volunteers signing up were responding to a call by Iraq's most revered Shia cleric, the Iranian-born grand ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, to defend their country after Isis seized Mosul and Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit in a lightning advance this week. Samarra is now the next town in the Islamists' path to Baghdad.....snip~
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    Re: Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Absolutly not.

    If you compare shia fanatics and suni fanatics one can come to the only conclusion that the suni fanatics are by a thousand times worse.

    I dont mind who kills ISIS before they take over Iraq.

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    Re: Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants

    Quote Originally Posted by The German View Post
    Absolutly not.

    If you compare shia fanatics and suni fanatics one can come to the only conclusion that the suni fanatics are by a thousand times worse.

    I dont mind who kills ISIS before they take over Iraq.
    The only red flag I could see would be a possible attempt by Iran to turn Iraq into a puppet state. I would be HIGHLY suspicious of any time Iran wishes to cooperate with the US.

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    Re: Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Does this raise any red flags for anyone?
    No. Iran's looking out for their own self-interest. They don't want a militant Sunni mini-nation on their border.

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    Re: Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterLiberty View Post
    The only red flag I could see would be a possible attempt by Iran to turn Iraq into a puppet state. I would be HIGHLY suspicious of any time Iran wishes to cooperate with the US.
    I'm afraid that line has already been crossed. I hate to paraphrase David Frum, but he's right on this. When Maliki speaks, he's speaking for Tehran. Where do you think Maliki came from?

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    Re: Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterLiberty View Post
    The only red flag I could see would be a possible attempt by Iran to turn Iraq into a puppet state. I would be HIGHLY suspicious of any time Iran wishes to cooperate with the US.
    Eastern Iran already is under alot of Iranian influence.

    It`s the country with the most significant shia holy sights and with a significant shia minority.

    I think there is nothing that can be done against the growing Iranian influence in Iraq, besides maybe a resurgence of Arab nationalism - which is also a non to good thing.

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    Re: Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants

    A brief history lesson on Maliki:

    Nouri al-Maliki - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Al-Maliki began his political career as a Shia dissident under Saddam Hussein's dictatorship in the late 1970s and rose to prominence after he fled a death sentence into exile for 24 years. During his time abroad, he became a senior leader of Dawa, coordinated the activities of anti-Saddam guerrillas and built relationships with Iranian and Syrian officials whose help he sought in overthrowing Saddam.
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    On 16 July 1979, al-Maliki fled Iraq after he was discovered to be a member of the outlawed Islamic Dawa Party. According to a brief biography on the Islamic Dawa Party's website, he left Iraq via Jordan in October, and soon moved to Syria, adopting the pseudonym "Jawad". He left Syria for Iran in 1982, where he lived in Tehran until 1990, before returning to Damascus where he remained until U.S. coalition forces invaded Iraq and toppled Saddam's regime in 2003.[5] While living in Syria, he worked as a political officer for Dawa, developing close ties with Hezbollah and particularly with Iran, supporting that country's effort to topple Saddam's regime.[6]

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    Re: Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants

    Not at all. Maliki is a close friend of Iran. Maliki has developed close ties with the Iranian regime while he was in exile.


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    Re: Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants

    Quote Originally Posted by The German View Post
    Eastern Iran already is under alot of Iranian influence.

    It`s the country with the most significant shia holy sights and with a significant shia minority.

    I think there is nothing that can be done against the growing Iranian influence in Iraq, besides maybe a resurgence of Arab nationalism - which is also a non to good thing.

    The Sunni are the minority not the Shia. But they are amassing around Samaara. Plus the Kurds have taken Kirkuk and Holding there. Despite the Iraqis hitting them with an Airstrike today.

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