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America and Iran conflicts influence in Iraq


Date of publication
08/04/2012 07:58 AM
Washington — "editorial boards"


The first major test of the influence of America's post-war is now about efforts to prevent Iran from pumping weapons to Syria through Iraqi airspace, but Iraqis are either unwilling or unable to reassure the United States that shipments will stop.

And relocation "foreign policy", recently that "the Iraqi Government refuses to stop Iranian cargo flights to Syria, namely flights flying over Iraqi airspace, although US officials believe that those flights transporting large consignments of arms and illegal to assist President Bashar Al-Assad, who killed thousands of civilians in their quest to retain power.

For his part, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that the consignments contain "humanitarian goods, not a weapon."

However, US officials are not convinced with this excuse, and pressuring Maliki repeatedly behind the scenes to make Iran halted arms shipments, and successfully limited, if not non-existent



Obama and his team paid hand strategic Maliki and his team (al-Musawi and Rikabi)

A US official said the reports section in the website of fluorine policy "Kabul" that there are between 10 to 20 flights from Iran to Syria suspected of carrying illegal weapons on board aircraft. Another US official said that resupply through Syria aircraft Ilyushin 76, similar in size to the US military aircraft herklis-17 C and US intelligence reports suspected that the aircraft carrying mortars and small arms and ammunition and rockets, anti-aircraft machine guns, which can also be used to shoot at people.


Iran's interest in supporting the Assad regime — the most important ally in the Arab world. Central Command Commander Gen. James n. Mattis to Congress earlier that fall of the Assad regime would be "the biggest setback strategy to Iran in 25 years."

Among American officials involved in trying to pressure on Iraq in connection with those flights is Vice President Joseph Biden in Iraq and US Ambassador James Jeffrey, who is expected to be replaced by Brett makghork, a lawyer who has worked in national security advisors group under President George w. Bush and is at the same time President Barack Obama justice in particular. US officials stressed that the US Ambassador in Baghdad met with owners several times over the past few weeks on this issue.

Officials confirmed that Biden personally raised this issue with Al-Maliki in a phone call last March 12. Biden said owners need to make Iranian flights within "top priority", Al-Maliki that he would raise the matter Biden with Iranians.

Three days later, Al-Maliki's Office issued a statement denying that Iran was using Iraqi airspace to transport weapons to Syria.

In the March 21 meeting of the UN Commission that monitors the implementation of sanctions against Iran, the United States representative condemned the policy of Iran continuing shipment of weapons to Syria, although it did not mention Iraq role.

Although Maliki unconstructive remarks, the US official said pursuing this case have ceased flights apparently during the past few days. He said Iraqis raised this issue repeatedly in various ways with the Iranians and Syrians also, we believe, and we have seen some changes in flight patterns, and there are clear for some flights. "official acknowledged that there is no way to know when to stop flights, or whether it would resume at a later date.

The official said the Iraqi Government was acting in good faith, and the United States must take into account the weak position of Al-Maliki and the need to maintain good relations with Iran. He said Al-Maliki cannot impose a ban on flights in the airspace of Iraq even if it really wants to, because Iraq does not have air force with all US air units left the country "and therefore Iraq cannot be forced into Iranian aircraft on the landing".

Within the US administration, other officials that the behaviour of the Iraqi Government does not infer only cooperation less evident in this area, and those officials believed that the Maliki government often says to its interlocutors the Americans what they want to hear exactly. then do something completely different.

A senior US official said: "on the surface look like Maliki government in line with us on Syria, but in reality consider that after the Assad regime poses a serious threat.

Maliki with identical interests of Iran on this issue. " "This is an opportunity for Iraqis to remove Iranian influence and stand with the rest of the region in opposing the killing of innocent civilians, but does not provide for such a position taken."

Within the US administration are considered arming Iran for the Syrian regime is of concern in particular, because the Obama administration has decided not to arm rebels Syrians currently. .

The US official said "we have taken a decision not to arm the opposition while resizing your opponents arm system effectively as tendentious, and reinforce the Government's capacity in some cases action lion with the right opposition", and asked: "is the official system will remain intact if its helps with assistance from the Iranians?"

For some officials and experts, the case highlights the diminished influence of the United States military in Iraq after the withdrawal.

He said Kenneth Pollack, a senior fellow at the Saban Center at Brookings, this is another sign that the United States lost a tremendous amount of influence within Iraq, Maliki has based on the basis of significant but merely uncooperative person, and ultimately achieve Iran influence in Iraq than our influence."

Pollack added that "Al-Maliki not lovers of Iran, is actually ystrib them, and it looks for himself and his manner that Arab and Iraqi national, but Iranians are ultimately brokered for re-election to the post of Prime Minister, Al-Maliki is aware that streamlined much influence Iran in Iraq."

And continued that Maliki will Polak probably make strong statements about flights if talking to ordinary people and Americans, but it would tell Iran behind the scenes could continue.