Diala, an Ira­nian army base

Diala Prov­ince, majority of which is un­der con­trol of Is­lamic State, IS, has shared bor­ders with Iran.

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De­spite con­cerns by some Iraqi po­lit­i­cal groups and the In­ter­na­tional Coali­tion against IS about the pres­ence of Ira­nian mil­i­tary forces in Iraq, the num­ber of Ira­nian sol­diers in the prov­ince of Diala is on the rise.

The si­lence by the gov­ern­ment of Haider al-Abadi, Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter, about this is­sue, is con­sid­ered to be some type of green light. The jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for this si­lence by Bagh­dad is the ex­is­tence of other for­eign coun­tries’ armed forces inside Iraq.

“Iran is a pow­er­ful player and had had an im­por­tant role in pro­tect­ing Iraq’s se­cu­rity,” PM Abadi said in a re­cent state­ment. “How can I de­stroy our re­la­tions with Iran?”

Ira­nian Deputy De­fense Min­is­ter Reza Talayee Neek says in an in­ter­view with Al Alam TV Chan­nel “if [the US and the in­terna- tional forces] come closer to our ter­ri­to­ries inside Iraq, we will im­me­di­ately fight against them with all our power, and we will do all of th­ese with the support of Iraq and Syria.”

Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani also warned about pos­si­ble threats over Bagh­dad and Shi­ite sa­cred sites, and ar­gued that the goal of both the US and IS is to at­tack on the Shi­ite sa­cred sites and in such a case, they will en­gage all their mil­i­tary power.

Ali Lar­i­jani, Speaker of the Ira­nian Par­lia­ment, on the other hands, states that all prob­lems in Iraq are con­sid­ered theirs and that his coun­try will do its best to support Iraq.

Lar­i­jani also de­nounced the in­ca­pa­bil­ity of the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion against IS.

Although Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties jus­tify th­ese ac­tions by try­ing to support Iraq and pro­tect its Shi­ite com­mu­nity and sa­cred sites, po­lit­i­cal ob­servers and Western coun­tries such as the US and Euro­peans, con­sider th­ese mil­i­tary in­volve­ments and ex­is­tence of Ira­nian armed forces inside Iraqi ter­ri­to­ries are for other goals in­clud­ing sec­tar­ian, ide­o­log­i­cal and po­lit­i­cal, and strength­en­ing its pres­ence and serv­ing its in­ter­ests in the re­gion.

Some ar­gue that the fact that the US is con­sid­ered the top en­emy for Iran en­cour­ages the lat­ter to move the con­flicts out­side its coun­try and face its en­emy inside the Iraqi bor­ders.

The US, fear­ing th­ese, stepped up and pre­vented the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Iran in the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion against IS. How­ever, Iran is now find­ing other ways to seek its goals in the game.

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