Ex-IRGC Commander Warns of US Role in Iraq Unrests

Former Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari blamed the US embassy in Baghdad for hatching plots and leading the unrests in Iraq.

“Undoubtedly, today’s problems in Iraq have been created due to the presence of the Americans and the country’s embassy in Iraq; the Iraqi nation should know that as long as they do not get rid of the Americans and they remain in Iraq, the Americans always hatch plots and contact and provoke the deceived or dissatisfied people,” General Jafari said on Sunday.

He added that the US does not easily give up countries where it sees its interests, warning that it will empower people who move in line with Washington’s interests.

Jafari also highlighted Saudi Arabia’s role in recent unrests in Iraq.

A senior Iranian political analyst last week also warned that the recent violent unrests in Iraq and Lebanon were being misused by certain foreign states to turn the people’s peaceful protests for restoring their legal rights into a ground to attain their ominous goals.

“The main purpose of protests in Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia, Algeria and even Sudan was protesting at the financial and administrative corruption,” Seyed Hadi Seyed Afqahi told FNA.

He added that the protest rallies in the regional states have two dimensions; one is the protests of average citizens and ordinary people and unions for their living difficulties and expenses; on the other side of the protests the foreign hands can be seen and they want to misuse the rallies of people to their own benefit.

“Unfortunately, we see this ugly phenomenon in Lebanon and Iraq too. People in Lebanon have held peaceful protests and the government has heard the people’s voice but a series of norm-breaking images were displayed and slogans were shouted in the protests that turned them into political rallies,” Seyed Afqahi said.

In Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Seyed Ali Sistani warned against the infiltration of agents with malevolent intentions into public protests in the Arab country, calling upon demonstrators and security forces to keep anti-occupation rallies peaceful.

“Don’t let those with vicious intentions to infiltrate among you and attack security forces,” the official representative of Ayatollah Sistani in Iraq Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai said last week, conveying a message of the senior cleric.

He added that public protest is a right enshrined in the Constitution, and warned that, however, protests should not be used as a pretext for vandalizing public properties or injuring security forces.

The protests that started early in October subsided after the public get engaged in holding the annual massive march of Arbaeen, but restored after religious rituals of the second month of the Islamic calendar were over.

In the first round of public protests, analyses revealed that 79% of hashtags about protests in Iraq on Twitter originated from Saudi Arabia and only 6% were from Iraq, in a stark contrast with claims that the demonstrations were popular and spontaneous.

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