Pro-Iranian Regime

Mohammad Pakpour, February 2017

“The enemy should not be mistaken in its assessments, and it will receive a strong slap in the face if it does make such a mistake. Everyone could see today what power we have on the ground. The message of these exercises…for world arrogance is not to do anything stupid.”“Iran: US should be ready for 'strong slap in face,’” Kurdistan 24, February 23, 2017, https://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/4328560f-41cb-4891-aa35-d172f54c5f5b.

Mohammad Pakpour, July 2019

Following IRGC claims that it downed a U.S. drone in Iranian airspace:

“The enemy will not let go of Islamic Iran, this is why we have to be ready on all fronts, particularly on the economic front, countering enemy sanctions, finding ways round them, making them ineffective, and scuppering enemy plots.”“IRGC General: Attacking deep inside enemy line part of IRGC strategy,” International News Agency, July 9, 2019, http://iranpress.com/en/iran-i136464-irgc_general_attacking_deep_inside_enemy_line_part_of_irgc_strategy.

Mohammad Pakpour, July 2019

Following IRGC claims that it downed a U.S. drone in Iranian airspace:

“This measure destroyed the United States’ grandeur, and after the incident, everyone realized more than ever that we are powerful. The Islamic Republic of Iran has turned into an authentic regional power and this issue is not tolerable for the U.S.”“IRGC chief: We will not be overcome in any war,” Tehran Times, July 9, 2019 https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/437937/IRGC-chief-We-will-not-be-overcome-in-any-war.

Qais al-Khazali, AAH leader, August 2015

“We have a good relationship with Iran and there is mutual respect...I want to emphasize that just because we make decisions independently, that doesn’t mean that there might not be any common goals or interests. It is no secret that Iran supports all the militias in this area and we are obviously one of them...”Niqash, “Iraq’s Most Fearsome Shia Militia Leader Speaks Out,” Daily Beast, August 24, 2015, http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/24/iraq-s-most-fearsome-shia-militia-leader-speaks-out.html.

Hadi al-Amiri, Badr Organization leader, March 2015

“[H]elp from Iran is unconditional.”Associated Press, “Iraq Militia Leader Hails Iran’s ‘Unconditional’ Support,” New York Times, March 13, 2015, http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/03/13/world/middleeast/ap-ml-islamic-state.html.

Hadi al-Amiri, Badr Organization leader, February 2015

“[Qasem Soleimani] advises us. He offers us information, we respect him very much.”Eli Lake, “Iran's Militias Are Taking Over Iraq’s Army,” Bloomberg View, February 3, 2015, hhttp://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-02-03/exclusive-iran-s-militias-are-taking-over-iraq-s-army.

Hadi al-Amiri, 2015

“The majority of us believe that ... [Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei has all the qualifications as an Islamic leader. He is the leader not only for Iranians but the Islamic nation. I believe so and I take pride in it… Khamenei would place the interests of the Iraqi people above all else.”Ned Parker, Babak Dehghanpisheh and Isabel Coles, “Special Report: How Iran’s military chiefs operate in Iraq,” Reuters, February 24, 2015, http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/24/us-mideast-crisis-committee-specialrepor-idUSKBN0LS0VD20150224.

Hadi al-Amiri, Badr Organization leader, 2015

“The majority of us believe that ... Khamenei has all the qualifications as an Islamic leader. He is the leader not only for Iranians but the Islamic nation. I believe so and I take pride in it… Khamenei would place the interests of the Iraqi people above all else.”Ned Parker, Babak Dehghanpisheh, and Isabel Coles, “Special Report: How Iran’s military chiefs operate in Iraq,” Reuters, February 24, 2015, http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/24/us-mideast-crisis-committee-specialrepor- idUSKBN0LS0VD20150224.

Jassim al-Saidi, KH commander, December 2014

“Iran never left Iraq. This very close relationship has made Iran support Iraq all they can.”Missy Ryan and Loveday Morris, “The U.S. and Iran are aligned in Iraq against the Islamic State — for now,” Washington Post, December 27, 2014, http://http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/the-us-and-iran-are-aligned-in-iraq-against-the-islamic-state--for-now/2014/12/27/353a748c-8d0d-11e4-a085-34e9b9f09a58_story.html.

Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary-General, May 2014

“This is one of the Israeli enemy’s concerns. It looks at Syria and Iran [key Assad and Hezbollah backer]… and sees that they are giving all the help they can to the resistance.”“Hezbollah Can Still Deter Israel, Terror Chief Warns,” Agence France-Presse, May 25, 2014, http://www.timesofisrael.com/hezbollah-can-still-deter-israel-terror-chief-warns/.