The biggest beneficiary of the U.S. intervention in Iraq and toppling of Saddam Hussein was the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iraq’s Sunnis were enraged and felt disenfranchised when the U.S.-sponsored elections resulted in the formation of a Shi’ite-dominated government, but that was inevitable, given the Shi’a plurality in the country. But that rage led to the strengthening of the Islamic State, and now that the Islamic State has been driven from Mosul, this new school named after the world’s most famous Shi’ite will not help smooth matters over.
“Mosul school named after Iran’s Khomeini raises eyebrows,” Al Arabiya, September 18, 2017:
Despite the warnings of several Iraqi politicians regarding the consequences of the Iranian interference in Iraq, still the provocations continue.
The most recent of these events occurred last week with the opening of a school named “Imam Khomeini” in Mosul, north of Iraq.
The establishment of the school incited controversy calling it a “provocation” for the people of the city.
Hussein Hamid, director of the school buildings department at the Education Directorate of Ninawa said that “A dispute between Nineveh Education Directorate and the beneficiaries of the project was raised as the school was registered as Al-Zahra School, but on the ground it stayed Imam Khomeini.”
“The school was built at the expense of the Islamic Republic of Iran, with a capacity of 10 classes,” Hamed told Anatolia news agency.
“The school was opened Thursday by the Iranian consul in Erbil (Murtada Abadi), who came to the area specifically for opening it,” he added.
He explained that after the completion of the primary school in the village of Khazna in the area of Bartala east of Mosul, it was named “Imam Khomeini’ in reference to the late Iranian leader.
“The school was already completed by the time ISIS organization entered Mosul, in June 2014, but was reformed after the damage caused during process of liberating the area under ISIS control,” he added.
A minority of Shabak (Kurdish), Sunni, and Shi’a communities along with Christians who live in Bartala accuse each other of trying to change the city demographically.
On the other hand, activists commented on the name of the school through social networking sites, expressing their surprise and disapproval over its naming….