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Smashing a critical American ally

John Hannah
9th November 2017 - Quoted by Ziva Dahl - The Washington Times

On Oct. 16, Iranian-backed Shia militias, together with 9,000 Iraqi government forces, armed and trained by the U.S., invaded and took Kirkuk from the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.

It appears that the Iranians saw an opportunity to extend their influence in Iraq. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), instigated and supported the action to take Kirkuk. Using bribes and threats, Soleimani convinced fighters aligned with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), a non-governing Kurdish political party, to abandon Kirkuk, which the Kurds had captured from ISIS in 2014. This allowed Iran-backed Iraqi forces to take Kirkuk largely unopposed.


Dick Cheney’s national security adviser John Hannah told Kurdistan TV, “The U.S. needs to understand that this is no longer a matter of Kurds and Arabs. This is now the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps against America; Qassem Soleimani against Donald Trump. Whatever the administration thought about the wisdom of the [Kurds’] peaceful referendum on independence, it would be a terrible blow to U.S. interests to allow an Iranian terrorist group and its Iraqi proxies to respond by smashing a critical American ally with impunity.”


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