By Megahed Alta’ey
Translated by Shaimaa Shedeed
After Tehran mullahs felt victory over the Unites States (U.S) in the conflict of influence in Iraq after forming electoral allies and thwarting the second rule of Abadi who was supporting the U.S, President Trump visited “Ain Al-assad” base in Anbar and met the American forces only without meeting any of the Iraqi leaders, ignoring the Iraqi government and its political forces currently considered as allies for Iran Shiite and Kurdish and even Sunni, especially Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi who is classified as “pro-Iranian” or “ anti-American” when reviewing his intellectual shifts historically from the national and communist ideology to the Islamic one. All such ideologies hold a bristle towards the U.S, which means that his mood can’t be American ever.
Trump’s unexpected visit came amid the interactions between the Iraqi political forces, definitely the militia and the Shiite actors including Dawlat al-Qanoun, Alfadila, Alfath, and Saeroun and amid their speech and menace about their intention to submit a bill in the parliament obliges the foreign forces especially the U.S forces to leave the Iraqi territories during specific timetable. This actually pours in the Iranian interest but absolutely doesn’t serve the Iraqi interest neither on the security level nor the political one. This is in addition to the continuous threat from the militia to the U.S forces to expel them forcibly in case of its refusal to exit voluntarily.
Meanwhile, the visit came during a phase of negotiations between U.S and Iraqi delegations on the exclusion of Iraq from the U.S sanctions over Iran. Such matter is completely refused from the U.S who only accepts granting an extendable temporarily exception will end within weeks as the U.S is intended to include Iraq as a principal side in the sanctions over Iran. This means that the foreign forces expulsion bill is an Iranian leverage over the U.S to exempt Iraq from the sanctions, but the U.S president visit disregarded all contexts Iran seek for imposing and marketing in Iraq.
Trump’s attitude came in accordance with the dominance conflict logic and ignored meeting any of the Iraqi government officials while the Iraqi government no longer compromises or we can say while it isn’t capable of taking an anti-Iranian interest decision. Negating all expectations about the U.S troops withdrawal from Iraq after its withdrawal from Syria, Trump’s visit came to suggest that Trump’s movement wasn’t strategic but tactic, as America has withdrawn the troops from Syria and reinforced it in Iraq. Moreover, the U.S has built two additive bases in Anbar; the first one is on the Syrian- Iraqi borders, while the second one is near the Jordanian-Saudi- Iraqi borders in Rutba and Trump stated that the U.S didn’t have any withdrawal intentions from Iraq.
Actually, Iraq represents the first major defense line for Iran because it is located on its borders. Hence, Iran got worry after building military bases on the Western Iraqi borders. For Iran, such reinforcement stands as a threat due to the possibility of using such U.S bases to support Israel in case of launching unexpected airstrikes on military Iranian targets in Syrian, Iraq and probably inside Iran.
In the same context, Trump’s visit to Ain al-Assad base, wearing the U.S Navy military uniform and his reference during his speech to his war against terrorism including ISIS and Iran and its militia got Tehran Mullahs feeling danger, consequently, Iran, through its militia, replied with shelling the U.S embassy area in Baghdad with mortars the same day of the U.S president visit.
On the other hand, while Iran militia expected that the U.S forces withdrawal from Syria will push it to activate Tehran-Beirut land borders that passes by Baghdad and Damascus through the international borders line, U.S trump cut the way of its ambitions and reinforced the borders security and established borders airbases. Actually, the U.S military forces have waylaid Shiite crescent in its way to the Mediterranean sea by deploying its forces on borders, assuring its allies in the region (Jordan-Saudi Arabia- Israel) that they’re protected against the Iranian threats and its expansion goals. Besides, he sent a message implied that the U.S dominance areas in Western and Northern Iraq won’t be a part of the Iranian dominance and won’t be a place from which Iran menaces the U.S allies at least on the short term.
Politically, Trump’s mood doesn’t accept compromise and doesn’t accept a half alley or a half enemy, rather, he wants Iraq as alley not as an enemy got him to Iran. Iraq’s interests isn’t with Iran, otherwise, it will be classified as enemy against the U.S, which will be resulted in including the Iraqi state in the sanctions imposed over Iran and thence got crippled economically and politically and what’s more, it will be exposed to the ISIS breaches.
Finally, some Iraqi politicians who are pro-Iranian militia attacked Trump’s secret visit to Iraq and his disregard to the Iraqi leaders and officials, considering such act as a breach for the Iraqi sovereignty, although such militia whom the Iraqi officials backs works only for the Iranian interests and violates the Iraqi law and constitution, plus, it infringes the Iraqi security, stability and sovereignty while pretending keenness on the Iraqi state’s interests. At the meantime, Iran dubs the U.S forces as occupation troops, threatening to deal with it under this designation in case the U.S troops don’t leave Iraq voluntarily, although it was dubbing the same troops as the liberation troops when it toppled Saddam’s regime. Hostility towards a great state like the U.S doesn’t goes for Iraqi interests by any mean and neither the state nor the people will reap anything from such hostility except more woes. Such hostility policy only pours in the interests of Iran who uses Iraq as a confrontation field against its enemies. Consequently, Iran will gain but we will lose.