1. Muqtada speech tonight contained 3 points that alarmed the muqawama. The most important one was when he mentioned them: "The arms must be controlled by the state only, and use of arms must be banned outside this scope, even if [it's used] by those who claim they are muqawama".
2. The other one when he alluded to a possible good working relations with @USEmbBaghdad: "All embassies are welcome, as long as they don't interfere in the internal Iraqi affairs... and the formation of the government".
3. He's basically saying to the United States, we could work together as long as you allow me to have the upper hand in the government. This surely alarms the muqawama and the IRGC.
4. Now that he's sent this message to the United States, it's interesting to see how he will try to convince the IRGC not to work towards toppling the government he chooses.
5. The last point he made that alarms the muqawama is his emphasis on the Iraqiness of his bloc. He called his bloc the biggest one and described it as" an Iraqi bloc, niether eastern nor western", in reference to Iran and the United States.
6. Nothing new in this one. He's said this before, but it's interesting to see if he can make good on his words and keep his bloc away from Iran's influence, now he has won a significant number of seats and is set to play a greater role in the country. END.

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