Six Iranian Ticking Bombs in the Shiite Prime Minister’s Bloc
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US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and UK foreign and UK foreign secretary Jack Straw embarked on an intense two-day effort to help put an Iraqi unity government in place. Before leaving Baghdad Monday, April 3, Rice said: “It is not our job to choose Iraq’s prime minister. He can only be determined by the Iraqi people. He must be a strong, unifying force for the various blocs who were also elected. A political vacuum does not assist the security situation.”
Rice did not mention Jaafari by name, even through he has been presented by Kurdish and Sunni Muslim factions as the main sticking point for accord and even his own Shiite block is now divided against him.
debkafile‘s sources in Baghdad note that Jaafari’s disappearance would ease the coalition-building process, but not the problem underlying his leadership.
On March 17, DEBKA-Net-Weekly‘s intelligence sources in Baghdad revealed as a result of a discreet scan that almost 130 of the 275 candidates the Shiite Alliance posted for the December election were connected in some way or other with, or on the payroll of, the Iranian bodies pulling the wires of Iraqi politics from across the border.
Six Iraqi lawmakers elected on the United Iraqi Alliance ticket were identified as undercover “amid” officers – brigadier-generals – of the Iranian revolutionary guards and intelligence service. They used political fronts to disguise their undercover missions on behalf of the Islamic republic.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly reveals the names and functions of those six Iraqi politicians-cum-Iranian brigadier generals.
Abu Muchtabi Sari – former secretary general of the Iraqi Hizballah.
Abu Hassan Al Amari – the last commander of the Badr Force at its base in Iran.
Abu Mahdi al Muhandis – former Badr Force officer.
Rajah Alwan – former Badr Force officer.
Dager Moussawi – Head of the Lord of the Martyrs Movement, which Iran’s military intelligence established in the Shiite regions of central and southern Iraq. (Lord in the Shiite sense refers to the holy Imam Hussein)
Tahsin Aboudi – a high-ranking Iraqi interior ministry official, under which cover – and as an Iraqi member of parliament – he is aan undercover brigadier general of Iran’s external intelligence service, which is operated by the foreign ministry in Tehran.
Given the subversive nature of the high and mighty of Shiite politics, it is hardly surprising that obstacles are being piled up against the formation of a Shiite-led coalition government. The problem runs a lot deeper than sectarian disagreement over a prime minister. Most of the key players know exactly whom they are dealing with, behind the facades of Shiite Iraqi politicians and officials. Their resistance is not just focused on prime minister Jaafari, but aimed at thwarting the rise in Baghdad of a government that is a stooge of Iranian intelligence.
It is no secret to Baghdad’s political insiders that the Iranians are in the middle of an artfully contrived program to exploit Iraq’s democratic process for the capture of positions of political influence in Baghdad and the southern Shiite regions of Iraq.