By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Ilaf website has conducted an extensive interview with former Iraqi vice president Tareq al-Hashemi who has recently been delisted permanently from Interpol’s “Red Flag” list.
Al-Hashemi: Iraqi people chanting against Iran reflects opposition with Iran meddling in their country
Tareq al-Hashemi has described the recent mantras cried out by the Iraqi people against Iran as widespread popular dissent, adding the Iranian regime must take this into consideration and act very seriously in this regard. Iran has played a very destructive role in Iran and is the main obstacle before stability, progress and prosperity in Iraq.
The main challenge we face today, and will in the future, is Iran’s influence, the former vice president said, adding if there is no guarantee not to hijack the Iraqi political decision making process, there will be no wheels of change turning.
The Iraqi people are honestly expressing their opinions, being against any control or affiliation, and the result is widespread dissent amongst the people. Iran must take this into consideration and be very serious in this regard. These new mantras are the new reason behind this fact that the Iraqi people, even the southern tribes are against any nonchalance by the ruling parties in Iraq and/or allowing Iran to take control. Iran has played a destructive role in Iraq, being the main obstacle before stability, advances and prosperity in Iraq. Therefore, change must begin from relieving Iraq of Iranian dominance. To this end, the people’s mottos in this period is quite clear and has definite meanings.
Al-Hashemi went on to unveil the fact that in a 2006 meeting in Tehran, Revolutionary Guards Quds Force chief Qassem Suleimani admitted to a very close relationship between Iran’s intelligence community and al-Qaeda under Abu Masqab al-Zarqawi. “Operation Decisive Storm” sent a message to Iran that the Arab nations, whenever their interests are threatened, will not hesitate in a conflict, he emphasized. Iran understands no language other than force, and its ambitions must face a counteroffensive using all legal methods.
I have never believed in Iran’s remarks, let alone their claims of Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) seeking to target Iran, as it has targeted Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Daesh and other terrorists groups are all the flip side of one coin. Here I recall the speech given by General Case in a PMOI / MeK 2013 conference held in Louisiana on Iran’s responsibility in bombing two sacred Shiite shrines in Samarra of Iraq, a class held by Kuwaiti cleric Yaser al-Habib on bombings in Sadr City carried out by Iran, and finally my meeting with Qassem Suleimani in Tehran back in 2006 where he admitted to a strong relationship between Iran’s intelligence community and al-Qaeda leader Abu Masab al-Zarqawi. Daesh was able to spread its influence in Syria through Bashar Assad’s measures, and in Iraq thanks to Nouri al-Maliki’s actions. This is no coincidence. In fact, it is an agenda crafted by Iran.