BEIRUT A standard from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards assumed the write-up of ambassador to Iraq on Wednesday, in a sign of the key position the armed forces force is currently actively playing in its neighboring region.
Iraj Masjedi earlier worked as adviser to Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, in accordance to the Tasnim information internet site. Soleimani is head of the Quds Power, the branch of the Revolutionary Guards dependable for functions outside of Iran.
Given that Islamic Condition took control of swathes of Iraq in 2014, Soleimani worked with leading Iraqi security officers to struggle the militant Islamist team, mostly by way of a Shi’ite volunteer force acknowledged as Common Mobilization Units.
“Iran wants an highly developed, effective, safe and unified Iraq,” Masjedi mentioned on Tuesday in Baghdad, in accordance to the Islamic Republic News Company (IRNA).
Iran has despatched dozens of armed forces advisers and fighters to Iraq and neighboring Syria, in which it is supporting Syrian president Bashar al Assad.
Masjedi has more than 35 years’ expertise in the Guards and a deep awareness of Iraq, in accordance to the Iranian Students’ News Company (ISNA).
In the course of the Iran-Iraq war in the eighties, Masjedi was a commander at the Revolutionary Guards’ Ramezan foundation in Western Iran, which was a heart for Iraqi opposition groups arranging and carrying out armed forces functions against Saddam Hussein’s forces on Iraqi soil, in accordance to the Iranian judiciary’s information internet site Mizan On the internet.
The heads of some of these armed groups are now senior officers in Iraq.
(Reporting By Babak Dehghanpisheh Enhancing by Hugh Lawson)