Iraqi Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi is hoping the US administration will deliver on pledges to counter Iran's growing influence inside Iraq and across the Middle East.


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Massoud.khodabandeh Massoud.khodabandeh (@Massoud.khodabandeh) Pinned comment
I don't know what he has said in Washington but certainly this is not the man we know in Iraq. He may have said things to please (and get support from Trump in upcoming elections) but I don't think Iraqis would even believe he would so openly stand against Hashd al shabi (Which is Iraqi and part of the defence forces of Iraq according to the laws passed two years ago). I would be surprised to see this in any Iraqi papers
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) replied to Massoud.khodabandeh (@Massoud.khodabandeh) Pinned comment
Religious sectarianism is a cancer, whether 'institutionalized' as 'law of the land' or not.
It's amazing to say the least how some Iranians still have delusions and false hopes in sectarian religious politics, after having witnessed for 38 years what religious sectarianism has done to our country.
This guy is most probably another sell out politician trying to secure a piece of action and some monies for himself, but what he says about those mullahs sponsored militias is correct.
An Iraq dominated by sectarian Shia forces is bound to disintegrate and divide, it's only a matter of time.
Only through a secular-modern, non-religious platform can the unity of Iraq as a nation be maintained.
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Massoud.khodabandeh Massoud.khodabandeh (@Massoud.khodabandeh) replied to Dakho (@Dakho) Pinned comment
I am religious. I am not however in favour of religious governance in any shape or form (Think it is personal and mixing it with governance is undemocratic). Having said that I am stating the facts in Iraq and the point that he would be impeached in the parliament if he would say this in an official capacity.
Having said that I have seen Hashd and I have seen ISIS. I have found the first one much more civilised. (My thoughts of course. which can also be wrong)
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) replied to Massoud.khodabandeh (@Massoud.khodabandeh) Pinned comment
ISIS kills christians, but Hashd is politically sophisticated enough to tactically ally itself with christian Iraqis (Assyrians,...) to fight against ISIS, and others.
Another fact is that Haider al-Abadi's government is one of the most corrupt governments in the world, and it is heavily influenced and directed by mullahs from Tehran.
Territorial integrity of Iraq (and Iran) could be maintained only through a secular-modern, non-religious platform.
And have a great day.
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