Baghdad today – follow-up
Al-Arab newspaper in London said that there is an Iraqi trend to eliminate the organization calling for a single strike in the launch of the liberation of Tal Afar and Hawija and cities in western Anbar at the same time indicating that this will turn the scales within the Green Zone election for the benefit of Prime Minister Haider Abadi, Before the end of the year.
The newspaper quoted senior military sources in Baghdad as saying that “Iraqi forces may launch simultaneous operations to restore these areas all.”
Currently, the organization controls six districts in four Iraqi provinces, Tal Afar in Nineveh, Hawija in Kirkuk, the left coast of Sharqat in Salah al-Din, and the districts of Anata, Rawa and al-Qa’im in the far west of Anbar province.
Tal Afar, the last stronghold in Nineveh, after the expulsion of the organization from most of the areas under his control in the province.
On the Tal Afar battle, the newspaper quoted an unnamed Iraqi official as saying: “The Abadi prime minister and his American and Turkish allies want to a certain extent a clean operation in Tal Afar,” adding that “the intelligence assessments confirm that the da’id defenses in Tal Afar are shaky and need to be eliminated. Civilians and maintain infrastructure. “
“Nobody wants to destroy a new Iraqi area and face another wave of displacement.”
The Arabs say that Iraqi military units redeployed in locations in the far west of Anbar, in reference to the imminent launch of a military operation, while military sources talk about the issuance of orders to move Iraqi forces from the coast of Mosul right newly restored to Hawija.
It is located near Hawija, Kurdish military units belonging to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, led by Jalal Talabani, and other Turkoman Shiite Badr Organization led by Hadi Amiri.
These units want to participate in the Sunni Arab Hawija process. And face this desire, an objection from the Arab tribes allied with the President of the Kurdistan region of Iraq Massoud Barzani in the region.
“Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish region,” fears that Shiite and Kurdish units close to Iran will carry out reprisals in Hawija, leading to the creation of a spirit of revenge against the neighboring Kurds among Sunni Arab communities in the region, “Barzani told the newspaper.
Hawija is described as the stronghold of the most ferocious and extremist leaderships in Dahesh, located between the oil-rich south-west of Kirkuk and disputed by Arabs and Kurds, and related to the Kurdish majority areas, which the Kurdistan region is trying to annex.
Near al-Qaim, in the far west of Anbar, a strategic point between Iraq and Syria, the popular crowd is trying to strengthen its military presence after its troops arrive at the border. But that threatens the presence of US troops, which are being stationed at the nearby al-Tanf base, according to US officials.
Al-Qaim is located near the border triangle between Iraq, Syria and Jordan, so it is of great strategic importance to the three countries. US troops in the region are encouraging Sunni Arab residents of western Anbar to join forces with regular Iraqi forces in the process of restoring al-Qa’im to fill the vacuum.
Arabs say the emergence of Iran’s Qods Force commander Qasim Soleimani in the border areas between Iraq and Syria is alarming signals to the Americans about Iran’s desire to strengthen its influence there by supporting the deployment of popular mobilization forces in the region in an effort to control the border and ensure the implementation of Tehran’s plan to secure A land route between Iran and Syria across Iraqi territory and into Lebanon where the important ally, Hezbollah.
Abadi is looking to reap the political fruits of the series of military successes in his reign that led to the reestablishment of a preacher and led to the restoration of about 90 percent of the land that was out of state power under his predecessor, Nuri al-Maliki, according to observers.
They say that “victory in Tal Afar may not be enough now, and the fragmentation of the remaining battles may be lost, the content of the victory that awaits the slaves.”
“The Iraqi prime minister is trying to close a” dossier “before the end of this year so that he can benefit from his propaganda in the April 2018 election, which is expected to be difficult, given the desire of the Shiite parties loyal to Iran led by al-Maliki, The restoration of power, from the “moderate Shiite wing,” represented by Abbadi.