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Iraq Caught in Middle as U.S. Asserts Iranian Murder Plot


"Iraq will not participate directly in the anticipated outbreak of violence with Iran. But that won't help allay fears for Iraqi security when the protagonists take to the field to settle their accounts. Without a doubt, the situation will bring yet more suffering to the Iraqi people."


By Mohamed Ali Ahmed Al-Zoubaidi


Translated By Hannah Bakheit


October 16, 2011


Iraq - Kitabat - Original Article (Arabic)

The suspect: Naturalized American Mansour Arabsiar is charged with being hired by Iran's Quds Force to kill the Saudi Ambassador to the United States.


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On Thursday October 13, President Barack Obama called for “tougher sanctions” against Iran on the basis of evidence that Iranian officials were involved with a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, Al-Jubeir. Meanwhile, Tehran has quickly dismissed the charges, describing them as “baseless and false.”


American statements on the case support the story of an Iranian conspiracy: Two Iranians named Gholam Shakuri and Mansour Arabsiar colluded with a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the Saudi ambassador, and are said to have been behind plans to bomb the Israeli and Saudi embassies in Washington. This has resulted in a strong reaction against Iran in the Saudi media and backing of American assertions in the case.


Within the context of its latest campaign to impose harsher sanctions on Iran, the U.S. administration is striving to avoid unilateralism by working to win the support of allied governments. This is especially true after the mushrooming of global suspicion about the veracity of such claims and the belief that they are being exaggerated to isolate Iran politically, economically and diplomatically.


But U.S. efforts to confront Iran will prove unpersuasive if based solely on the sketchy and confused evidence so far made available. And doubts are circulating even within U.S. quarters where there is an interest in the matter. Tougher sanctions against Iran require the U.S. government to work urgently on persuading Russia, China, some European countries and India why it is in their interests to give up the economic benefits of trading with Iran. Without conclusive evidence to prove U.S. claims and a suspicion that the story may have been concocted to further American interests in the region and world, it is unlikely that these nations will cut their ties with Iran.


This raises the persistent question about whether the U.S. is using Saudi Arabia as a tool to internationalize tensions with Tehran, thereby justifying a continued U.S. military presence in the region. This appears particularly urgent after Washington's failure to diminish Iranian influence in Iraq, which the U.S. sees behind Iraq's recent decision not to allow American forces to remain in the country.




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In light of this turn of events, the U.S. administration will employ all means possible to see that Iran is condemned internationally for attempting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington. This is an effort to secure its continued military presence in the region under the umbrella of Saudi public support for confronting the Iranian threat.   



Of course, Iraq will not participate directly in the anticipated outbreak of violence with Iran. But that won't help allay fears for Iraqi security when the protagonists take to the field to settle their accounts. Without a doubt, the situation will bring yet more suffering to the Iraqi people.


These concerns are shared by the speaker of Iraq's Council of Representatives. In an interview with the BBC during a visit to London, Speaker Usama Al-Nujayfi said, “The conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia has an impact on sectarian tensions in Iraq. … Iraq suffers from the interventions of other nations in its internal affairs, which makes it vulnerable to becoming an open field for Middle East sectarian conflict.”



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