In an article in a leading British paper, the Independent, Ahrar Leader Ayad Jamal Aldin shows how the kidnapping ordeal of Peter Moore exposes Iranian interference within Iraq.
He explains that this incident is only one example of the growing influence of Iran in the country and points to the links between Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki's Dawa Party and Iran as a primary reason why this interference has been allowed to continue.
Read an excerpt below and the full article here:
While we celebrate the safe return of the British computer expert Peter Moore, released two and a half years after being taken hostage in Baghdad, let us not delude ourselves that the negotiations that brought about his release bode well for the development of a peaceful Middle East.
Despite official denials, what many suspected from the start is becoming clear to all: Mr Moore was taken not by Iraqi criminals looking for a ransom, but by politically motivated forces with a bigger agenda. Those forces are Iranian: their agenda is to make Iraq a state that is Iran in all but name.
We must ask who benefits from this outcome. As Mr Moore is restored to his family, those in Iraq who support Iran and the Islamic fundamentalism that it exports are preparing a reunion of their own. The price for Mr Moore's release is the freeing of Qais al-Khazali, the 26-year-old cleric who is prominent in the Righteous League, a militant group that is backed by Iran.
For more information on Ayad Jamal Aldin and the Ahrar party see: ahrarparty.com