1 October 2014
Iraq: Urgent Call to prevent elements of Iranian regime from taking over Interior Ministry or other security and military institutions
The Iranian regime suffered a major setback in Iraq with the removal of their puppet Nouri al-Maliki. They are now trying to redress this setback in an effort to maintain their hegemony in the country by vetoing the new Prime Minister's candidate for Interior Minister and imposing their own choice - Hadi al-Ameri, a well-known member of the Quds Force and the commander of the Badr terrorists. Tehran is planning to use Ameri to create a military force parallel to the Iraqi Army, much like the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), in order to impose their control over Iraq.
Ameri has an Iranian wife and his children live in Iran. He had lived in Iran for a long time prior to the downfall of the former regime in Iraq. During the Iran-Iraq war, he was a battalion commander of the IRGC Ground Force. For a while he was one of the officials of the intelligence section and was later appointed as the Commander of Operations of the 9th Badr Corps. He returned to Iraq in 2003.
EIFA has previously revealed some remarkable information about Ameri. Please see : http://eu-iraq.org/index.php/news/item/266-exclusive-biography-and-record-of-hadi-farhan-abdullah-al-ameri
Ameri continued to receive a salary from the IRGC even after 2003. The militias under his command have committed atrocious crimes against the people of Diyala and Salah ad-Din provinces in Iraq. He receives his orders directly from Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, Commander of the terrorist Quds Force. He occupied parts of Diyala Province following U.S. airstrikes and set out to slaughter the people there on the fraudulent accusation of supporting ISIS. His forces hanged bodies of victims from bridges and placed the heads of beheaded victims on public display.
Ameri, as Maliki’s Minister of Transportation, arranged the transfer of weapons and ammunition, as well as IRGC forces, to Syria. In addition, he arranged the transfer of goods prohibited by international sanctions to Iran.
The European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA) calls on the United States, Britain and the European governments who are involved in the global fight against ISIS, not to allow the Interior Ministry, as well as other Iraqi security and military institutions, to fall into the hands of Hadi al-Ameri or other elements of the Iranian regime. Such an outcome would be a disaster for Iraq and could fan the flames of religious and sectarian war, defeating endeavours of the international community to fight the terrorist ISIS group.
Struan Stevenson, Chairman of European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq (2009-2014) and President of European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA)