According to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper Basra governorate suffers from Iranian occupation to all its political, social, and security institutions given there are hundreds of centers for “charitable” purposes.
Occupation of Basra, 560 Km south of Baghdad, has been set since Khomeini’s reign in Iran.
During several interviews with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, many Iraqis said that Persian language is now spread in Basra. They added that it has become somehow normal with many streets named after Iranian mullahs.
This, according to Iraqis, has driven many residents to leave Basra.
Military expert A. Al-Rokabi said that Iran announced the Fatimid’s state when the Iranian troops occupied Fao and during the Iraqi-Iranian war.
Rokabi added that the scheme to occupy Basra has been set since Khomeini’s reign, but the regime has been conducting new methods since 2003. He added, “They are occupying the city in less conventional ways. They receive help of several parties and militias affiliated with Iran.”
Rokabi went on to say that Basra is fully occupied now by Iran and its natives have immigrated while cities of Dhi Qar and Maysan expanded. He explained that native tribes such as Basha Al Ayan, Naqib, al-Rashid and many others especially Sunnis are no longer in Basra.