Coordinated by officials in Tehran, Baghdad and Damascus and overseen by Gen. Qassam Soleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Quds Force and responsible for expansionist operations, Iran is developing a land corridor stretching from Iran, through Iraq and to the Syrian port of Latakia on the Mediterranean. If achieved, this will aid Hezbollah and Assad and become a direct threat to Israel and to US regional interests and national security. Iran will be able to supply militia in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon with guns, materials and soldiers. In addition, this development will fuel the Sunni-Shia rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia and incite sectarian violence. In a post-ISIS Iraq, where power vacuums will exist, this needs to be addressed in order prevent the insidious spread of Iranian influence.
In order to achieve their goals, the Iranian regime is currently sponsoring the purchase of Christian land by Shia Shabaks – a minority group of Shiite Turkmen – in the Nineveh plains. Christians are agreeing to sell their land to Iranian funded Shabaks because they fear their land will be taken from them anyway. However, this is an insidious plot devised by the Shiite clerics in Iran to cleanse the Nineveh plains of Christians and establish a Shiite – dominated region of Iranian influence stretching from Iran in the east to Hezbollah in Lebanon in the west.