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Hind Al Soulia – Riyadh – Iran’s popularity in Iraq plummeted after its violent treatment of protesters saw trust in Tehran collapse to near zero, a new academic report has said.

Despite being seen as the “winner” after the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, Iran’s continued interference in Iraqi domestic affairs has led to increasingly hard feelings towards Tehran. In particular the violence meted out by Iran-backed militias, including assassinations, has seen trust evaporate, according to the report by the London School of Economics’ Middle East Centre.

“Anti-Iranian sentiment has effectively undermined Iran’s claim that its activities in Iraq are at the behest of the people,” it stated.

Approval ratings for Iran reached a high of 86 per cent in 2015 during the fight against Isis but the latest polling among pro-reform protesters in Iraq showed that only 1 per cent trusted Iran compared with 7 per cent who trusted the US, and 30 per cent who trusted the UN.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi, left, meets Iranian President in Tehran, Iran. Reuters

Iranian President welcomes the visiting Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al Kadhimi. as they wear protective masks, in Tehran, Iran. Reuters

Iranian President welcomes the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al Kadhimi, as they wear protective masks, in Tehran, Iran. Reuters

Iranian President welcomes the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al Kadhimi, in Tehran, Iran. Reuters

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi reviews an honour guard as he is welcomed by President . AP

Iranian President welcomes the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al Kadhimi, in Tehran, Iran. Reuters

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi is welcomed by Iranian President . AP

President welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi as they wear protective face masks, in Tehran, Iran. AP

Iraqi trust in Tehran evaporates amid domestic interference, reports finds

However, Iran’s influence still extends over the political elite and Shia militias and at a grass-roots level, stated the report written by Dr Jessica Watkins. The Tehran regime relied on “patronage networks” that would not be “easily dislodged” by military operations.

“Over the past 17 years the Islamic Republic has gained extensive leverage over Iraq’s national security and political decision-making at both local and national levels,” the paper said.

But within Iraq, Iran’s public image had suffered enormously since mass public protests broke out across the country in October 2019 against its influence.

Within Iraq, the violence of Iran-backed militias had led to these groups being viewed as “predators rather than liberators”, the report said.

Iran’s influence, including the allocation of public-sector jobs, was “a core source of grievance motivating the Iraqi youth protest movement”, the report said. The young protesters wanted an “end to cronyism and corruption within public office” and for the government to address unemployment and poor public services.

“In this respect, they favour the same type of transparency and accountability within government that Western states seek to promote. However, the US and its allies are also widely distrusted.”

America appears to have concluded that, aside from military action against Iran or its proxies, “it can do little to confront Iranian smart power and has significantly downgraded its diplomatic relations with the government of Iraq”.

Relations with the US plunged after President Donald Trump ordered the assassination of the Iranian Quds Force chief Qassem Suleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis.

Rockets launched from Iran against the US military base in Ein-al Asad in Iraq. EPA / IRIB HANDOUT

Iranian mourners gather around a vehicle carrying the coffin Qassem Suleimani during the final stage of funeral processions, in his hometown Kerman. AFP

Iranian mourners gather around a vehicle carrying the coffin of Qassem Suleimani during the final stage of funeral processions, in his hometown Kerman. AFP

Iranian mourners stand on a bridge during the final stage of funeral processions for Qassem Suleimani, in his hometown Kerman. AFP

An Iranian mourner burns incense during the final stage of funeral processions for slain top general Qassem Suleimani, in his hometown Kerman. AFP

An Iranian mourner holds a placard during the final stage of funeral processions for Qassem Suleimani, in his hometown Kerman. AFP

Iranian mourners gather during the final stage of funeral processions for Qassem Suleimani, in his hometown Kerman. AFP

Iranian mourners gather for the burial of Qassem Suleimani in his hometown Kerman. AFP

Iranian mourners gather for the burial of Qassem Suleimani in his hometown Kerman. AFP

Iranian mourners gather for the burial of Qassem Suleimani in his hometown Kerman. AFP

Iranian mourners gather for the burial of Qassem Suleimani in his hometown Kerman. AFP

Iranians gather around a vehicle carrying the caskets of Qassem Suleimani and others during a funeral procession after the bodies arrived in the northeastern city of Qom following a ceremony in the capital Tehran. AFP

Iranians gather around a vehicle carrying the caskets of slain military commander Qassem Suleimani and others during a funeral procession after the bodies arrived in the northeastern city of Qom. AFP

Newly appointed commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, Gen Esmail Qaani, weeps while praying over the coffin of the force’s previous head Qassem Suleimani at the Tehran University Campus in Tehran. AP

A view of the crowds at the Azadi Square during the funeral of top Iranian general Suleimani in Tehran. Reuters

Iranian mourners taking part in a funeral procession in Tehran for Qassem Suleimani. AFP

Crowds at the Enqelab Square during the funeral of top Iranian general Suleimani in Tehran. Reuters

Member of the Iranian American community of Washington DC area rally outside the State Department in Washington in solidarity with the people of Iran, Syria and Iraq who celebrate the death of Iranian official, Gen Qassem Suleimani. AP Photo

A girl holds a sign reading “Trump is a murderer” during a condolence ceremony for Qassem Suleimani outside the Embassy of Iran in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Reuters

A man kisses a picture of Qassem Suleimani outside the Embassy of Iran in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Reuters

Iranians gather around a vehicle carrying the caskets Qassem Suleimani and others during a funeral procession after the bodies arrived in the northeastern city of Qom. AFP

Members of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force walk above a portrait of US President as they hold a condolences meeting following the killings of Qassem Suleimani and Iraqi paramilitary commander Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis in Karrada in central Baghdad. AFP

Members of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force chant anti-US slogans during a protest over the killings of Qassem Suleimani and Iraqi paramilitary commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis in Karrada in central Baghdad. AFP

Supporters of the Houthis rally to denounce the US killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis, in Sanaa, Yemen. Reuters

Iraqi trust in Tehran evaporates amid domestic interference, reports finds

However the appointment of Mustafa Al Kadhimi as Iraq’s prime minister in May, as Iran and America’s “compromise candidate” after six months of paralysis showed that the American conduct “has not negated US influence over domestic affairs”.

The US assassinations had also produced a “charisma deficit” in the paramilitary leadership, where the ability of their replacements to command equal loyalty was “doubtful”.

While Iranian allies in Iraq have publicly deferred to the religious leader Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani, a number have capitalised on his name to raise funds and popularity. The paper cautioned that when Mr Al Sistani, 88, passed away, his death would create a vacuum in religious authority which Tehran would probably seek to exploit.

At home Iran is increasingly coming under public pressure to cease its funding of causes abroad at a time of severe domestic economic hardship.

Updated: July 30, 2020 06:54 PM

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