Former Iraqi MP Mithal Al-Alusi said in a May 9, 2020 interview on Zagros TV (Iraqi Kurdistan) that optimism is in order because of the resignation of Iraq’s former Prime Minister, whom Al-Alusi described as a sectarian Prime Minister who served Iran and Hizbullah. Al-Alusi said that it is beautiful to see a decrease in the influence of the Iranian "octopus" of corruption, murder, and terrorism. He referred to Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah as a filthy murderer and terrorist who should be punished in court. In addition, Al-Alusi said that the Iraqis were victims during the Obama presidency. He added that President Obama decided to "win over Iran at the expense of Iraq." According to Al-Alusi, this was at a time when ISIS was on the rise and nobody could rise to power in Iraq without the approval of IRGC General Qasem Soleimani. Referring to Iran as a backward and crooked empire, Al-Alusi pointed out that since the U.S. killing of Soleimani and senior PMU official Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, the other pro-Iranian militia leaders have completely disappeared.
Mithal al-Alusi: "Optimism is in order. The Iranian prime minister in Iraq resigned and the government of Iran and Hizbullah..."
Host: "it was the prime minister of Iraq Adel Abdul-Mahdi who resigned..."
Al-Alusi: "The prime minister of Iran's government in Iraq has resigned. My brother and friend Adel Abdul-Mahdi was not the prime minister of the State of Iraq. Rather, he was prime minister on behalf of Hizbullah. He was a heinously sectarian Prime Minister, and he was a prime minister [on behalf of] our neighbor, Iran."
Host: "Adel Abdul-Mahdi?"
Al-Alusi: "Yes, he's a friend of mine. Abu Hashem. It is a beautiful thing to see the Iranian octopus of corruption, murder, and terrorism being forced to resign and retreat"
Host: "Is Hassan Nasrallah really a 'charlatan'?"
Al-Alusi: "He is also a filthy murderer and terrorist, and he should be punished accordingly by the Iraqi courts..."
Host: "You mean that the Islamic punishment should be implemented in his case?"
Al-Alusi: "No, I said it should be done in court, according to the law.
"[MPs] who represent the militias are thieves and murderers. Let them be infuriated. Let the head of Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq be infuriated. Let the head of the Al-Nujaba Movement be infuriated. The Sadr Movement should take note..."
Host: "They are all infuriated with you."
Al-Alusi: "Let them be angry. Today, I am being gentle. I don't want to infuriate them by telling them to go to Hell. Let them be mad."
Host: "Is it true that for 17 years, the Iraqis have been victims of the Iranian-American conflict?"
Host: "Why not?"
Al-Alusi: "The Iraqis were victims during Obama's term in office, when he gave up [on the Arabs] and came up with the idea of winning Iran over at the expense of Iraq. That was when we were victims, and ISIS was on the rise. People were killed, there were martyrs, and we exhausted our resources. That was when the Iranian octopus had grown monstrous and no one could not become Prime Minister without getting a pat on the back from what's-his-name [Qasem Soleimani], who is now dead. One could not become parliament speaker unless [Soleimani] would say to him: 'You're a good boy. Go, they'll give you the job.' That era is over. It's true that there is still evil Iranian motivation and not only in Iraq - also in Iran itself, in Lebanon, in Syria, in Yemen, in the Gulf... This backward and crooked empire was not outcome of a conflict - or agreement - between Iran and America. It was the result of the horrendous corruption among the Islamist political parties, and their terrorist militias.
"[Khamenei], the god of the pro-Iranian factions, fears a clash with America. The gang surrounding this god's throne in Tehran fears a clash with America. When America killed two of the leaders of that pro-Iranian network, all the others disappeared into thin air. We don't see them anymore. Who knows where they went... Who knows where they live, in Iraq or abroad. This is why we need a significant strategic American-Iraqi presence. All those silly Iranian loyalists are nothing but a bunch of thieves, bandits, murderers, and falsifiers who were imposed upon the Iraqi state."