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World Report: Leaked intelligence cables show Iran’s grip on Iraq

12:31  18 november  2019
12:31  18 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Hundreds of pages of purported Iranian intelligence documents have come to light that detail Iran ’ s massive influence in neighboring Iraq , The New York Times and The Intercept The unprecedented leak of 700 pages of what appears to be Iranian intelligence cables shows Tehran’s efforts.

Iranian intelligence cables have revealed the country' s tangled involvement in Iraqi affairs. The revelation comes as Iraq enters its sixth week of civil unrest over Iranian influence. Leaked documents, published on Monday, revealed how Iran has asserted its influence over Iraqi affairs in recent years.

BEIRUT (AP) — The New York Times and The Intercept say they have reviewed hundreds of pages of purported Iranian intelligence documents that detail Iran’s massive influence in neighboring Iraq.

A poster of Iraq Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi, right, and Iran President Hassan Rouhani, left, hang on a building near Tahrir Square, during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban) © Provided by The Associated Press A poster of Iraq Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi, right, and Iran President Hassan Rouhani, left, hang on a building near Tahrir Square, during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

They say the unprecedented leak of 700 pages of Iranian intelligence cables shows Tehran’s efforts to embed itself in Iraq, including paying Iraqi agents working for the United States to switch sides.

Vanessa Gezari of The Intercept says her publication received the documents from an unknown source and that “we still don’t know who they’re from.” The Intercept shared the documents with the Times.

Monday’s article about the documents comes amid growing anti-Iran sentiment expressed by Iraqi anti-government protesters. It also comes at a time of widespread anti-government protests in Iran.

There was no immediate comment from Iraqi or Iranian officials.

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