The Ayatollahs’ Secret Arms Deal with Iraq

iran_2677161bThe Obama administration, which is pushing for a final nuclear arrangement with the Islamic Republic of Iran and an easing of sanctions, has repeatedly told the American people to trust the Iranian government and that Iran is a rational state actor. Billions of dollars have already flowed into the Ayatollahs’ government, sanctions on some trade sections have been lifted, Iran’s currency (Rial) is regaining its value, Tehran’s non-oil exports are on the rise as it is starting to feel the benefits of easing international sanctions, and Iran has increased its oil exports and production. 

According to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Customs Office, Iran hit a record high in exports with $37.36 billions’ worth of non-oil products exported during the course of the past eleven months— from March 21, 2013 to February 20, 2014.

Iranian leaders have markedly increased their oil exports, particularly to China and India over the past few months. Iran’s oil exports increased significantly after the interim nuclear deal. According to Iran’s semi-official news agency Press TV, Iran’s oil sales picked up from 1.06 million barrels per day (bpd) to 1.32 million bpd. 

A confluence of interests brought Iranian leaders to a desperate political and economic position, and ultimately to the negotiating table for nuclear talks. The main concerns of the Ayatollahs were the economic sanctions and high inflation that endangered the hold on power of the ruling Iranian clerics. 

The major question is: what is the Obama administration doing in response? Instead of setting any deals based on American or the international community’s terms, the Obama administration is setting the nuclear deals based on the interests of the Iranian leaders. This is being followed by a release of billions of dollars and the lifting of sanctions. 

More importantly, how have the Iranian leaders responded to these kind offers?  These economic and political moves have emboldened and strengthened the geopolitical and economic status of the Ayatollahs. 

A few weeks ago, in a secret arms deal, the Islamic Republic and the Iraqi Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Maliki signed an arms deal worth millions of dollars. The deal was recently revealed by Reuters news agency.  Based on the recent report by Reuters, Tehran has signed a $195 million arms deal with the central Iraqi government. Accordingly, Iranian and Iraqi defense officials have signed eight agreements through which Iran will sell Baghdad arms, military communications equipment, ammunition for tanks artillery, mortars, and ammunition for U.S.-made M-12 assault rifles, among other weaponry.

First of all, it is worth noting that this arms deal is in violation of the United Nations embargo on weapons sales by Iran. But the Obama administration has not seriously reacted about this arms deal and is still continuing the nuclear talks to reach a final nuclear deal and remove all economic and political sanctions against Iran. 

This arms deal is considered to be the first official arms agreement between the Shi’ite Iranian government and Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government of Maliki. This also shows the increasing military, geopolitical, strategic and economic relationship between Iran and Iraq since American troops withdrew from Iraq in December 2011, and since the United States started to lift sanctions on the Islamic Republic. 

After the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and after the sanctions reliefs, the Islamic Republic of Iran became the most influential foreign force in Iraq politically, economically, and militarily. Based on recent developments, Iran’s socio-political and socio-economic leverage and influence in post-Baathist and post-Saddam Iraq appears to be at its peak. 

Economically speaking, the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPOI) pointed out that 72% of Iran’s exports in 2013 went to Iraq. The report also revealed Iraq’s imported goods from Tehran have increased by approximately 15% last year. 

During a six-month period in 2013, Iran exported $2.868 billion worth of good to Iraq, from Iran’s total exports of $17.972 billion (of non-oil commodities, including gas condensates). Considering non-oil goods, Iraq is now Iran’s second largest trade partner—only after China. Last week, Iraqi leaders pointed out that they are working with their counterparts in Tehran to boost oil exports in an attempt to triple oil production in Iraq to 9 million bpd by 2020. Iraq’s ambassador to Iran, Mohamed Majed Abas Al-Sheikh, recently announced that Baghdad has signed an arms agreement with its eastern neighbor, Iran, to purchase weapons and military equipment as part of a broader plan to boost Iraqi defense systems and armed forces.

Last week, after the sanction relief and the nuclear interim deal, reports revealed that the Islamic Republic of Iran stepped up its military support on the ground for the Syrian regime and President Bashar al-Assad. They are further providing elite teams and necessary equipment to gather intelligence and train Syrian governmental troops. Russia, alongside the Islamic Republic, is also stepping up its arms and ammunition deliveries to Assad to assist him in regaining power.

Assad’s regime is now benefiting economically, intelligence-wise, militarily and politically from Iran’s economic recovery and from its senior commanders in Iran’s Revolutionary Gaurds Corps (IRGC), Iran’s semi-militia groups of Basij and the elite Quds Force, which is considered to be the secretive and external arm of the robust IRGC.

The more the Obama administration eases economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic, sending billions of dollars to the Ayatollahs and appeasing the Iranian regime, the more the Islamic Republic is emboldened, empowered, and strengthened to pursue its Islamist and regional hegemonic ambition. This will cause tremendous geopolitical, security, and economic backlash on the United States and other regional states such as Israel on a short and long term basis. 

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  • Muhammad79

    We love it when US always screws and Islam gets the opportunity. You guys spent trillions of dollars to overthrow Saddam and now suffering in debt, and now Iran is the biggest beneficiary of Iraq. They could not have wished for a better naive country like US.

    • Demetrius Minneapolis

      You seem to be as happy with this as I am seeing you m0rons killing each other off in Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon…
      Enjoy your fun because once America elects a President who isn’t a traitor or fundamentally stupid, the Iranian nuclear industry will be just a bad memory.

      • Muhammad79

        I love the conservatives, Republicans and Tea party advocates. Do you know why? Because you guys elect a Republican president (like Bush) who fools you into invading country (like Iraq) so Hallibuton and his company can benefit. Then you guys are lovely, because you work hard, and the Repiublican president takes you taxes, and spend most of it on the war. Then you lose your jobs and other over there or here benefit. You are very good guys. Just try to elect other Republican president please. You rock!

        • Notalibfool

          Let me ask you something, Moe: I know that Muhammad was a false prophet. I reject him fully. What do you believe should be done to me because of this? In other words, how should I be punished for refusing to convert?

          • Muhammad79

            Here is the answer:

            I love the conservatives, Republicans and Tea party advocates. Do you know why? Because you guys elect a Republican president (like Bush) who fools you into invading country (like Iraq) so Hallibuton and his company can benefit. Then you guys are lovely, because you work hard, and the Repiublican president takes you taxes, and spend most of it on the war. Then you lose your jobs and other over there or here benefit. You are very good guys. Just try to elect other Republican president please. You rock!

            Hahahaha

          • Notalibfool

            I love it how you folks always try to avoid answering that question. Come on, Muhammad, just tell me, what punishment do I deserve for rejecting your prophet?

            It’s a very simple question…… :)

          • Muhammad79

            You avoided answering the question from beginning. Guantanamo, torture,

            I love the conservatives, Republicans and Tea party advocates. Do you
            know why? Because you guys elect a Republican president (like Bush) who
            fools you into invading country (like Iraq) so Hallibuton and his
            company can benefit. Then you guys are lovely, because you work hard,
            and the Repiublican president takes you taxes, and spend most of it on
            the war. Then you lose your jobs and other over there or here benefit.
            You are very good guys. Just try to elect other Republican president
            please. You rock!

          • Notalibfool

            Wow, look at you! How many times are you going to post the same thing? Let me guess, you simply copied it from some leftist website without even understanding what it means.

            One more time: What is the punishment for refusing to convert to your religion?

          • ObamaYoMoma

            I love conservatives too, but not fake conservatives like GWB and Karl Rove.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            Actually, they’d prefer to subjugate you into dhimmitude instead, i.e., Islamic totalitarianism. That way they could collect the Jizya from you and other infidels like you.

            Indeed, they are not trying to convert the world. Instead, they are trying to subjugate the world into Islamic totalitarianism through both violent and non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad and the eventual imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law, to ultimately make Islam supreme throughout the world. As a matter of fact, they are not terrorists. Instead, they are jihadists, as waging jihad (holy war) in the cause of Allah is not only a fundamental holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims, it is also the sole path to salvation for all Muslims as well. Not to mention that since apostasy and blasphemy are capital offenses in Islam, it is not like they have any choice in the matter.

          • CaoMoo

            What I love about it is its billed as the path to salvation Jihad is, and it is indeed incumbent on all members of mohammeds followers. But Mohammed at one point put a finite number of seats at Allahs brothel and never did change it. So its been full for a long time and people are still dying to get in, the only other option mohammed ever gave was a painful doom so yeah Islamic logic and mathematics at it’s finest. invented algebra my butt.

        • ObamaYoMoma

          Check again. GWB was a Karl Rove progressive liberal posing as a conservative, and the last thing GWB would ever be is a member of the Tea Party. Hence, as President he was one of the biggest disgraces to ever be elected President, as he is almost single-handedly responsible for two of the biggest strategic blunders ever in American history. Indeed, when GWB told the American people that Islam is a so-called “religion of peace” and that the vast overwhelming majority of Muslims in the world are “peaceful” and “moderate” people, with the exception of a tiny minority of “radical Muslim extremists” who misunderstand the wonderful “religion of peace,” it was a lie every bit as profound as the lies Obama told to the American people about Obamacare to get reelected.

          • CaoMoo

            If anything the religion of peace nonsense strongly enabled Obama and his actions on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood world wide and this deal with Iran. Had Bush told the truth Obama would not have been possible.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      I love it when Muslims kill the wrong kind of Muslims. Since Muslims can’t get along with fellow Muslims, how can they get along with Infidels???

      Shows the true face of the oxymoron called “the religion of peace”.

      • Muhammad79

        Oooo, Ooooo, … relax man. Look at what I said first. Can you pick a sentence which is wrong? truth hurts!

        • Notalibfool

          How about you look at my question above and answer it?

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          The truth is that 1.4 billion savages will never defeat 6 billion Infidels.

          Proof? You savages can’t even defeat Israel.

      • Muhammad79

        Stop averting to other topic for your answer. Respond based on the article’s topic. US is done. No credibility.

        • Notalibfool

          Iran is done. Your ayatollahs have destroyed your once great nation. So sad.

          • Muhammad79

            We dont brag about democracy, power, etc. U r the one who drowned that but now drowned in debt, and dont know ur left arm from the right. Russia and China are the powers. U r pathetic dear.

          • Notalibfool

            LOL! You really think you can make me angry with your stupid remarks and insults.

            I’ve heard it all before, sister.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            moohammed69, How can you brag about democracy? You have none. You are fascist savages.

        • iluvisrael

          You’re right mo – under the leadership of the milquetoast occupying the White House the US has lost lots of credibility, and the world is taking advantage of b hussein’s weakness. Once his lazy a$$ is out of office, we’ll begin to regain stature – enjoy it while it lasts haji

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          US is done? LOL!

          MECCA is done. How ya goin’ to “hajj” to a radioactive crater?

    • Notalibfool

      Will you still love it when Israel kicks Iran’s ass?

      • Muhammad79

        You r not answering the points I mentioned, moron. stop dudging the main point.

        • Notalibfool

          I’m a moron? LOL! Your pathetic prophet was a violent pervert, and yet YOU are foolish enough to follow his words!

          And what the heck does “dudging” mean? I thought I was supposed to be the moron. :)

        • Drakken

          Where ou and your fellow muslims are concerned, God (not allah) bless the Crusades, another one is coming and we won’t be so nice this time. Deo Volente!

          • Notalibfool

            Amen!

    • Notalibfool

      Will you still love it when Israel defeats your pathetic “republic”?

    • ObamaYoMoma

      As much as I’m embarrassed to admit it, you are exactly right. Indeed, it was all done in the interest of protecting the non-existent so-called “religion of peace” from being hijacked by the radicals. In other words, it was incredibly fantasy-based as there is only one Islam, i.e., mainstream orthodox Islam, and the so-called radicals are really mainstream orthodox Muslims. Meanwhile, the existence of so-called moderate Muslims, on the other hand, is also a fantasy.

    • 20pizzapies

      well that’s one way of looking at it . Here is another , all the west need do is sit back and watch you muslims kill each other . Why waste drones when Assad can kill jihadis with tanks and small arms fire . In Egypt the military is blasting the jihadis in the Sinai . Soon we’ll smarten up over here and just leave you to your own devices , and if it spills over onto our interests then you get swatted again . No more boots on the ground , just bomb your infrastructure off the face of the Earth . And when muslims start annoying the Israelis …well they have Nukes , and they work , and the Israelis will know precisely when the mullahs of Iran are about to make their move .

    • Dyer’s Eve

      Like your prophet said: “War is deceit”.

    • Dyer’s Eve

      Your first sentence reveals a lot. ‘Islam gets the opportunity’. So, what you’re saying is that Islam is opportunistic. Add ‘conniving’ and you’re all set. Opportuninstic and conniving is Islam all over. Exploit every gap, every opportunity. Like when Islam attacked the weakened Persian and Byzantine empires. Actions speak louder than words. Even more than so-called ‘scripture’ (don’t get me started). You may think that ‘might is right’, but someday someone or something is going to come along and bash and fracture Islam so hard. So hard… I wait with bated breath…

  • Muhammad79

    The Iraqis and Iranian government are laughing hard at you. haha.

    • UCSPanther

      Enjoy it while you can. The west won’t always be dominated by idiots.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Idiots = SOCIALISTS

    • Notalibfool

      And we are laughing at YOU, the fool who follows a religion founded by a pedophile.

  • Hassan

    I just have one comment: Hahaha!

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      He’s been reading the koran or the satanic verses.

      • Demetrius Minneapolis

        Yeah, reading of Moo-hammed riding his magic carpet to Jerusalem in one night with dreams of knocking up his 7 year old “wife”. Yeah, that’s one heck of a religion there.

    • Notalibfool

      Hahaha? Such an imaginative comment, hASSan!

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Hey Hassan…are you a devout slave of Allah?

    • Drakken

      Today you laugh haji, tomorrow your will be run out of our western countries by any means necessary. Your cities in the muslim world will burn. The infidel is running out od patience with you bloody savages.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Hassandnazi needs to look at the devastation in Aleppo Syria to see his future.

  • Michael

    UCSPanther.. you’re right. Just bigger idiots when the repubs get in lol. Thank you Dumya for getting rid of Saddam and the Taliban. That’s how much Amerika loves the ayatollah that they will sacrifice 6,000 lives for them.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Soon the islamofascist regime of iran will be wiped off the map/pages of time/pages of history.

    The opposition IN fascist iran will eventually overthrow the fascist ayatollahs.

    The insatiable greed of islamism will be its undoing.

    • Notalibfool

      When the ayatollahs are overthrown it will celebration time. I only hope it happens when Khamenei and Rafsanjani are still alive so they can get what they deserve.

  • Lanna

    Destructive Islam is forming alliances and building up its weaponry and fulfilling its nuclear goals to go after Israel, and the West!

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      I recommend M.A.D.

      Mecca Assured Destruction – if necessary in retaliation.

      No more hajj to honor the prophet of Satan called Muhammed.

      • CaoMoo

        Yeah glassing Mecca and Medina in response to any terrorist/Jihad attack would be a good threat but in truth it wouldn’t do much. The few truly religious might be devastated but Islam was from the start about mohammed stealing wealth wives and power and it still is about wealth and power for those in charge. They hold little sacred and would gladly sacrifice the two cities for their own power.

    • Demetrius Minneapolis

      This certainly isn’t news. While I was in Iraq in the early defining years, you could see the admin was pushing for a Shi’ite controlled government. The simplistic notion that placing the majority in power was ridicules considering we were basically handing the country over to Iran.
      I remember thinking in 06 (my last year there) that it would be a part of a pan Shi’ite commonwealth someday.

      • Drakken

        That idiot Bremmer didn’t know what he was doing, well now that the mistake has been made, we should give the Kurds some nice shinny new toys like the Russians are doing, therefore let the Kurds being a really nice pain in the azz to the sunni and shia’s. The we sit back with a nice bourbon and cigar and watch the show.

        • WW4

          Every now and then you have the right idea.

  • Muhammad79

    I love the conservatives, Republicans and Tea party advocates. Do you
    know why? Because you guys elect a Republican president (like Bush) who
    fools you into invading country (like Iraq) so Halliburton and his
    company can benefit. Then you guys are lovely, because you work hard,
    and the Republican president takes you taxes, and spend most of it on
    the war. Then you lose your jobs and other over there or here benefit.
    You are very good guys. Just try to elect other Republican president
    please. You rock!!

    • Drakken

      Soon muzzy, real soon, we infidels shall be playing a new game called cowboys and muslims. Your allah(devil) isn’t going to protect you from our infidel wrath.

    • UCSPanther

      More likely, you’ll be spending the next several decades fighting against your own “kin”…

  • 20pizzapies

    Rajid it is not a “secret ” .Iraq’s present leadership [ if you want to call it that ] is SHIA / Iran is SHIA , so guess what ? In fact it should have been EXPECTED when Bush took out Saddam . After all , has everyone forgotten the Iran Iraq war ?

  • The Facts

    This article completely falls apart at the point where Mr. Rafizadeh states that Iran is supplying Iraq with ammunition for the M-12, an American gun that Iraq could only have if the US gave it to them. Otherwise, they would have had to capture them in great enough numbers to use effectively in battle. Silliness.

  • http://www.twitter.com/changeirannow Change Iran Now

    Iran is funding Iraqi Shi’ite militias who have seen a resurgence in the last two years as Iraq’s security has deteriorated. Iran continues to build a ring of supporters in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt built on cooperation with terror groups and dictators that massacre their own people