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Is it coincidence that for a second time the Iraqi prime minister has met with high-level Iranian leaders before visiting the U.S.?
 
10/20/2020
 

Iran Pressures Iraq on U.S. Withdrawal

Is it coincidence that for a second time the Iraqi prime minister has met with high-level Iranian leaders before visiting the U.S.?

BY WATCH JERUSALEM STAFF

During his first international tour, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Kadhimi met with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last week. During Tuesday’s meeting, Khamenei pressured Kadhimi to remove the United States’ presence from the country.

Khamenei stressed that it is the "corrupt" U.S. that interferes in Iraq and not Iran. He accused the U.S. of spreading destruction and sowing division in Iraq, as well as attempting to block Iran-Iraq cooperation. In making these allegations, Khamenei also noted America’s January attack in Iraq that killed the leader of Kataib Hezbollah and the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force general Qassem Suleimani.

The U.S. "killed your guest at your house and explicitly confessed to the crime," Khamenei said, referring to Suleimani. Analysts suggest that his comment could be a threat because Iraq failed to protect Suleimani in their country.

 
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