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CIA Director Confirms Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Commander Was In Kirkuk

Juan Zarate
19th October 2017 - Quoted by Jonah Bennett - The Hill

CIA Director Mike Pompeo confirmed Thursday that a senior commander from the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps was present in Kirkuk as it was taken over by Iraqi troops, further indicating that Iran may have had some involvement in the seizure.

In an interview at a Foundation for the Defense of Democracies event on Thursday, Pompeo interjected to point out that he was aware of Qasem Soleimani’s presence in Kirkuk.

“When we talk about pushing back, what does that mean from your perspective, because I reflect on Qasem Soleimani, the head of the IRGC, the revolutionary guard corps, sort of showing up in all of the wrong places at all of the wrong times from a U.S. perspective,” said Juan C. Zarate, chairman of FDD’s center on sanctions and illicit finance. “He was just in Kirkuk in the middle of this conflict.”

“I’m aware of that,” Pompeo noted.


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