Just two days ago, the American army in Iraq shared news of its investment projects in Karbala and Najaf “to support active armed groups in Iraq.” It also once again accused Iran of trying to control Iraq vis-à-vis economics, military and politics and attacked Asaib Ahl Haq (the League of the Righteous) for the missiles attacks and assassinations that have been commonplace over the last few months.
Iraq and Hezbollah
According to a spokesman for the American army (Jeffrey Buchanan), the Hezbollah brigades remain active in Iraq receiving support from Quds Forces. As well, “some trade businesses and investment projects including hotels and restaurants in Karbala and Najaf are funding Iranian Quds Forces.” He also said that the relationship between Iraq and Iran had not exactly been a positive one this year. Asaib Ahl Haq is a prime example of criminal gangs that have been active in the past and have increased their attacks in recent months which have been “receiving external support from Iran sap Iraq’s sovereignty.”
This group has been blamed for a whole slew of recent assassinations and has also “claimed responsibility for some armed operations against US Forces in central and southern provinces.”
Perhaps the American army needs to rethink its investment policies. There is a lot going on in Iran and Iraq and the violence has to end. The gangs like Asaib Ahl Haq have to be stopped vis-à-vis their violent activities and behavior that seem to be extremely characteristic of the group.