Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Drive, is at present in Iraq as Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi tendered his resignation earlier than the Iraqi parliament over the weekend, in accordance with Al Arabiya.Soleimani was additionally despatched to Iraq in October to assist advise the federal government on the crackdown. Based on Al Arabiya, he met with Standard Mobilization Forces (PMF) militias and informed them to assist Mahdi throughout the October go to.Iraqi protesters have claimed that Iranian “Farsi-speaking” forces have been firing on protesters, in accordance with Al Arabiya. The PMF in Iraq is backed by Iran. Iranian consulates within the cities of Karbala and Najaf have been torched and Iraqi flags have been raised over each throughout the protests, which started in October. A minimum of 28 folks had been shot by safety forces after the Najaf consulate was torched, in accordance with Reuters.Mahdi’s determination to resign was made after Shi’ite Muslim cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani referred to as for a change of management on Friday, in accordance with Al Arabiya.Sistani stated assaults on peaceable protesters had been “forbidden,” but additionally urged demonstrators to reject violence. Protesters “should not enable peaceable demonstrations to be became assaults on property or folks,” he stated.Mahdi referred to as on the federal government to “act within the pursuits of Iraq and protect the blood of its folks, and keep away from slipping right into a cycle of violence, chaos and devastation.”Over 400 folks have been killed within the protests which have unfold all through Iraq in opposition to the deterioration of dwelling situations and well being providers, authorities corruption, unemployment and Iranian interference within the nation.Mahdi’s resignation comes precisely a month after Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri introduced his resignation within the face of anti-government protests that unfold all through Lebanon as a consequence of a troubled financial system.In each Lebanon and Iraq, protesters spoke out in opposition to Iranian affect of their international locations. In Lebanon, Hezbollah supporters have clashed a number of instances with protesters and in Iraq protesters have claimed that Iranian forces and pro-Iranian militias have attacked demonstrators. On Thursday within the metropolis of Najaf in Iraq, clashes between safety forces and protesters broke out as protesters torched the Iranian consulate within the metropolis.Reuters and Seth J. Frantzman contributed to this report.