While the Obama White House continues to send billions of dollars to Iran, the world’s largest state-funder of terrorism is funneling some of that money to Shiite militias in Iraq.
As many as 100,000 Iranian-backed Shiite militia are now fighting on the ground in Iraq, according to U.S. military officials — raising concerns that should the Islamic State be defeated, it may only be replaced by another anti-American force that fuels further sectarian violence in the region.
The ranks have swelled inside a network of Shiite militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces. Since the rise of Sunni-dominated ISIS fighters inside Iraq more than two years ago, the Shiite forces have grown to 100,000 fighters, Col. Chris Garver, a Baghdad-based U.S. military spokesman, confirmed in an email to Fox News. The fighters are mostly Iraqis.
Garver said not all the Shia militias in Iraq are backed by Iran, adding: “The [Iranian-backed] Shia militia are usually identified at around 80,000.” According to some experts, this still is an alarmingly high number.
Foreign policy experts are worried that Iranian boots on the ground will seize control of the Middle East, thanks in large part to the cushy Iran deal which lowered sanctions and provided billions of dollars in relief to Iran.
Its long-term effects won’t be seen for a while, but it is hard to imagine a strong and widely influential Iran being in the best interests of the United States.