Sam Ghandchiسام قندچي Is IRI Planning for Unification with Iraq, Second Edition
Sam Ghandchi
آیا رژیم اسلامی برای ادغام ایران و عراق برنامه دارد، ویرایش دوم



There are rumors that the goal of Islamic Regime of Iran (IRI), in Iraq, is to merge the two countries into one.  Although IRI officially rejects the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan and supports the integrity of Iraq, but it has kept very close ties with both Barzani and Talabani factions of Iraqi Kurds, as well as the Arab political and religious elite in Iraq's central government.  Iran's pan-Iranists who are not pro-IRI and also reject separatism in Iran, have considered the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan as a stepping stone to create a Confederation of Greater Iran. There are factions in IRI that consider the unification of Iran and Iraq as an antidote to separatist movements inside Iran and Iraq. It is hard to predict the long term impact of such currents towards Iran-Iraq confederalism, and unification of the two countries, which may even encompass Syria. The topic of confederalism, and the danger of a civil war in its aftermath, was discussed in 2009.


Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist republic in Iran,


Sam Ghandchi
July 9, 2019

*This article was originally published two years ago on July 12, 2017 and this second edition is being published with minor editorial changes in the text.















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