30-08-2018 08:51 PMThe Euphrates –
The administration of US President Donald Trump is approaching the inclusion of the most prominent Shiite political figures in Iraq and the leader of Iraq’s ‘Asaib Ahl al-Haq’ militia, Qais al-Khazali, on the terrorism list.
The newspaper ‘Wall Street Journal’ America, which specializes in the economy, on Thursday, the documents of the investigations conducted with Al-Khazali during his detention by US forces in Iraq in 2007, and his role in attacking soldiers in the US army at the time.
Qais al-Khazali heads the militia ‘Asaib Ahl al-Haq’, which is considered the closest to Iran, a figure close to the leader of the Sadrist movement before splitting up and establishing his new militias.
The newspaper says that: ‘US interrogation reports, which have been declassified recently, shed light on one of the most prominent Shiite political figures in Iraq and the role of Iran in the training of Iraqi militias that attacked US forces.
“The declassified documents relate to the investigations with al-Khazali during his detention by US forces in 2007 of a successor accused of leading an attack that killed five American soldiers.”
According to documents published by the newspaper, on June 18, 2007, Khazali admitted during the investigation that the IRGC had trained Iraqi militias in three bases near Tehran, including the Imam Khomeini base.
Khazali revealed during the investigation of the presence of Iranians and elements of Hezbollah are training in these bases, as the Iranians are experts in a large-scale war, while the Lebanese war experts cities and guerrilla war.
According to Khazali, the Iranians did not impose any specific goal on their operations in Iraq, but stressed that Shiite militia attacks should focus on British forces to force them to withdraw and pressure US forces to withdraw as well.
During the investigation, al-Khazali provided information about the Iranians supplying the militias with armor-piercing and deadly explosives, which were used to kill soldiers and injure Americans.
During the investigation, he said that he traveled to Iran as Muqtada al-Sadr’s envoy in search of money, political support and weapons. He was received by two high-ranking Iranian officials who told him that Sadr needed to participate in the Iraqi elections to ensure Shiite control of the government and the country. Sulaimani, head of the Iranian Quds Force.
Khazali was handed over to the Iraqi government in 2009 after members of his militia pledged to lay down their arms, and the Baghdad government soon released him.
On his dispute with Sadr, Khazali said during the investigation, he said: ‘Sadr has no principles and works only to achieve personal gains, and put his hand on a lot of Iranian funds that flowed into Iraq to support political groups.
He pointed out that many Iraqi personalities dealt with Iran, including the late Iraqi President Jalal Talabani
US officials explain that most of the roles played by Khazali, which led to his arrest is his attempt to kidnap US soldiers in the city of Karbala south of Baghdad, which led to the deaths of five American soldiers The target of the attack, which was planned in Iran, is taking American hostages and exchanged elements of Muqtada Sadr was detained by US forces, Khazali said during the investigation.
The US move is likely to derail the political scene in Baghdad, where Khazali competes for power with other Shiite political leaders, including Moqtada al-Sadr, a Shi’ite cleric whose movement won the first place in the May 12 election. , While the list of Khazali in those elections about 15 parliamentary seats.
In response to these documents, Al-Daraji, a member of the political bureau of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, said: “The United States appears to be leading a campaign against al-Ubeib and its leader Qais al-Khazali because he strongly rejected foreign intervention in Iraqi affairs.”