Latest leaked recording by ex-PM sparks more outrage – Middle East Monitor

A new leaked recording attributed to former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki has sparked widespread outrage in the country. The secretary general of the Islamic Dawa Party and head of the Rule of Law Coalition has reportedly called on Iraqi factions to focus their efforts on working with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. An investigation into the origin of the leaks has been launched.

This is the fifth and most recent leak of such a recording. Al-Maliki is heard to say that relations are good with Qais Khazali, the leader of the pro-Iranian militia Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq, and that the Al-Fatah alliance, the factions, the Iraqi Brigades of Hezbollah and Sayyid Al-Shuhada are all affiliated with Iran.

“Qais Al-Khazali is good, and he is the one who will hit his opponents. Khazali is good, but the Al-Fatah and Badr alliance brothers…are in their own world, busy with farms,” the person said to be Al-Maliki in the recording explains. “When I visited Iran, I spoke with the adviser to the Iranian guide, Ali Akbar Velayati, the chairman of the Shura Council, and with the minister of information and they all agreed with me , but in the end they say the matter is in the hands of Quds Force Commander Esmail Qaani and they demand that we focus our efforts on the Revolutionary Guards.”

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The first of the leaked recordings prompted an immediate response from the leader of the Iraqi Sadrist movement, Muqtada Al-Sadr, who called on Al-Maliki to resign from political life and face justice despite Al-Maliki’s claim that the leaked audios are fake. Al-Sadr accused Al-Maliki of threatening to assassinate him.

In some of the tapes, the former prime minister accused Sadr of “working on a direct British project”, adding that “the current situation is very dangerous”. He said he wanted to structure the Population Mobilization Forces (PMF) in the past “much like the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, but they wouldn’t let me.”

In other leaked recordings, Al-Maliki is heard saying: “Iraq is on the brink of a devastating war from which no one will emerge unscathed, unless the project of Moqtada Al-Sadr, Massoud Barzani and Muhammad Al-Halbousi not be defeated. If we defeat their project, Iraq will survive and if we are not able to achieve this, Iraq will enter the danger zone.”

The audio recordings were released by US-based Iraqi journalist Ali Fadhel.

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