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Documents leaked Iran: Maliki was a favorite with Tehran and Jaafari has a “special relationship”

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was the “favorite man” for Iran, the New York Times said in a recent investigation, while talking about the nature of former foreign minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari’s relationship with Tehran. I got it.

“The rise of ISIS in 2014 was driving a wedge between the Obama administration and a large group of the Iraqi political class. Obama pushed to overthrow Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as a condition for renewed US military support,” the paper said in its investigation.

Obama said at the time, according to the newspaper, “believes that the policies of Maliki and the crackdowns against the Iraqi Sunnis has helped in the rise of militants.”

“Maliki, who lived in exile in Iran in the 1980s, was favored by Tehran. His replacement, British-educated Haider al-Abadi, was seen as more friendly to the West and less sectarian. In the face of uncertainty for a prime minister, the paper said. Hassan Danifar, Iran’s ambassador at the time, called for a secret meeting of senior officials at the Iranian embassy, a huge fortified building outside Baghdad’s Green Zone.


“As the meeting progressed, it became clear that the Iranians had no reason to worry about the new Iraqi government.”

On the former foreign minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the paper said that “he was classified and in leaked documents, such as Mr. Abdul Mahdi, has (a special relationship) with Iran. Always with foreign countries based on Iraq’s interests. ”

“Iran has relied on the loyalty of many cabinet members,” the newspaper said.

The Iranian documents, written between 2014 and 2017, described the ministers of municipalities, communications and human rights as “in perfect harmony and one with us and our people,” noting that the environment minister “works with us,” even though he is a Sunni. From Iran.

As for the Iraqi Minister of Higher Education, Iranian leaked documents say: “We will not have a problem with him.”

“Bayan Jabor, the former transport minister, received General Soleimani at his office. Suleimani told him that Iran needed access to Iraqi airspace to transport aircraft loaded with weapons and other supplies to support the regime of Bashar al-Assad in his fight against the US-backed insurgents.”

“This request put Mr. Jabr at the center of the long-running rivalry between the United States and Iran. Obama administration officials were pressing hard to persuade Iraqis to stop Iranian flights through their airspace, but the Iraqi transport minister found it face to face that it was impossible to refuse.”

Jabr said, according to the newspaper, “General Suleimani came to me and asked to allow Iranian aircraft to use Iraqi airspace to pass to Syria,” according to one of the cables. The Minister of Transport did not hesitate, and General Soleimani seemed happy. I put my hand on my eyes and said, “On my eyes !, Then he got up and approached me and kissed my forehead.”

Former minister Bayan Jabr confirmed the meeting with General Soleimani, but said that “flights from Iran to Syria carry humanitarian supplies and religious pilgrims traveling to Syria to visit holy sites, not weapons and military supplies to help Assad, as US officials believe.”

“Since the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003, Iran has advanced as the protector of the Shiites in Iraq. General Soleimani has used more than anyone else the dark arts of espionage and covert military action to ensure that Shiite power remains on the rise. “The Sunnis are permanently deprived of their rights and look to other groups, such as ISIS, to protect them.” Source