The New York Times and Intercept on Monday published Iranian intelligence documents showing Tehran recruiting Iraqi officials, while the documents showed a special relationship between Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and Iranian authorities.
The investigation, published in the newspaper, highlighted Tehran’s “tremendous influence in Iraq,” detailing years of tiring work by Iranian spies to choose the country’s leaders, paying the salaries of Iraqi proxies working for the Americans to change their positions and infiltrate every aspect. Political, economic and religious life in Iraq, “she said.
“Meetings are arranged in dark alleys, shopping malls or under the cover of a hunting trip or a birthday party. Detectives wait in Baghdad airport, take pictures of US soldiers and place tabs on coalition military flights.”
“According to one of the leaked Iranian intelligence cables, Mr. Abdul Mahdi (Iraqi Prime Minister), who worked in exile closely with Iran while Saddam Hussein was in power in Iraq, had a special relationship with – the Islamic Republic of Iran – When he was Iraq’s oil minister in 2014. “
“The exact nature of that relationship is not detailed in the leaked documents,” a former senior US official told the paper. “ But no Iraqi politician can become prime minister without the blessing of Iran, ” he said.
The leaked Iranian intelligence reports largely confirms, “What was already known about Iran’s strong grip on Iraqi politics. But the reports reveal much more than previously known about the extent to which Iran and the United States used Iraq as a launching pad for espionage games, It also highlights the complex domestic policy of the Iranian government, where rival factions are grappling with many of the same challenges that US forces face as they struggle to stabilize Iraq after the US invasion.
The documents show, according to the US newspaper, how “Iran at almost every turn, outperformed the United States in the competition for influence.”
The leaked archive consists of hundreds of reports and documents written mainly in 2014 and 2015 by officers of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security, or the Ministry of Interior, who were working in the field in Iraq.
The Ministry of Intelligence, the Iranian version of the CIA, has a reputation as an analytical and professional agency, but “is often overshadowed by its ideological counterpart, the IRGC Intelligence Organization, which was formally established as an independent entity in 2009 by order of the Supreme Leader. To Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
“In Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, which Iran considers crucial to its national security, the Revolutionary Guards – particularly the Qods Force led by General Qasem Soleimani – determine Iran’s policies,” it said.
She continued, “Ambassadors are appointed these countries of the highest ranks of the Revolutionary Guards, and not the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which oversees the Ministry of Intelligence, according to several advisers to the current and former Iranian administrations.”
“Officers from the Ministry of Intelligence and the Revolutionary Guards in Iraq worked in parallel with each other. They reported their findings to their headquarters in Tehran, which he organized in reports to the Supreme National Security Council,” the sources said.
“The leaked documents revealed that ministers in the government of former prime minister Haider al-Abadi also maintained special relations with Iran,” the paper said.
The New York Times said it had “contacted three senior Iranian officials about these documents, including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, but none of them responded.”
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