Crossfire War: Middle East; Shadow Government in Place – Tehran Iraq Influence

Night Watch: BAGHDAD – In 1988, as the Iran-Iraq War was ending the news would report that Iran had a team waiting to take over Baghdad. It should be obvious the team is in place and under the direction of Tehran.

Time magazine has reported that Iran, in conducting a secret war for Iraq, has maintained a large spy network, is bribing politicians and providing militant groups with supplies and weapons. This is no secret in Washington or London, and has been mentioned by the news quite often, but as this site has stated repeatedly London and Washington, like the West are deathly afraid of war with Iran and Tehran knows it.

Western governments, military officers in the field and major media networks expressing alarm about this are revealing how much in the dark they are. It shows how they still do not take the Middle East – Iran seriously and that works to Tehran’s advantage. The Council of Guardians are running rings around them. Der Spiegel magazine points out how Iran’s diplomats and intelligence agents proceed with their business quietly and efficiently from their villa embassy in Baghdad.

One of the consistent themes of this site is the influence Iran has over the Anglo-American alliance through Becthel Group’s London branch office that was invited to Iran the day after the Gulf War ended as shown on CNN. When the base network constructed for Iran was completed Saddam was then removed. With such enormous corruption on the highest level of Anglo-American decision making it reduces them to the level of complaining bystander.

An effective response from the Anglo-American alliance or from the West to Iran’s moves and preparations is impossible. They are still formulating policy and analysis under the illusion there will be no serious military cooperation among Islamic states against them and that the disputes with Iran can be resolved through negotiations.

One of Iran’s agents, not mentioned previously, is Abu Mustafa Al-Sheibani, who controls a 280-member terrorist group that is the conduit for the new explosive that is effective against Allied armor. The group trains in Lebanon, Baghdad’s Sadr City and Iran.

Tehran’s obvious control over the country is of extreme concern to Sunni leaders like Mithal Alusi, who accused Iran openly over Al-Iraqiya television. He heads the Iraqi National Party and claims that Iran is now doing everything to weaken Iraq and that Iran’s agenda is supported by the Shiite majority government whose leaders spent their formative years in Iran.

He added that the two leading Shiite parties, Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari’s Daawa Party and the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution both want to see instituted a shadow government composed of leading Shiite dignitaries. This is the beginning of a Guardian Council in Baghdad patterned after the one in Tehran.

The shadow government is in place and they may have decided to eliminate Mithal Alusi. In early June an academic who had spoken out against Iran, professor Ala Al-Rumi was found murdered on the campus of the University of Basra and historian Jamhur Karim Chammas was kidnapped a short time later. His severly tortured body was found under a highway overpass. They, as Alusi is now doing, criticized “Iran’s growing expansionism in Iraq.”

According to Der Spiegel a few Western diplomats are skeptical of Washington’s accusations of Iran underming the occupation but with the EU being Iran’s leading trade partner it makes them more inclined to look the other way and ignore the reality of Tehran’s preparation and intention to undermine the European Union. Not just the EU’s economic connections in Central Asia but Tehran intends to remove the EU’s position in Europe.

Tehran, with no opposition from the British, is already the real ruler in the southern part of the country. The partition is taking place whether it is officially recognized or not. Gohlam Hossein Mohseni Ejehei, the Muslim cleric now Iran’s Intelligence Minister, already controlls the cities of Basra, Amara and Nasiriyah.

Shops in the south that sell alcohol or music are the target of bombings, women are forced to wear the chador and Christians are contemptously branded “Nazarenes” in the press. Basra’s Chief of Police, Major General Hassan Sawadi Al-Saad, is also aware of Iran’s influence and said, “All I can say is that 80% of our police officers do not obey my commands.”

An Iranian source admitted that Tehran had been preparing for this for quite some time. The day after Saddam’s removal an advance unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards sent a cable to Tehran to let officials know that American troops were in the streets of Kut, headed to Baghdad. There was no concern in Tehran because, according to the cable the Iranians were certain, “We have the city under control.”

With Tehran’s economic contacts they have the West under control.

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Willard Payne is an international affairs analyst who specializes in International Relations. A graduate of Western Illinois University with a concentration in East-West Trade and East-West Industrial Cooperation, he has been providing incisive analysis to NewsBlaze. He is the author of Imagery: The Day Before.