Ayad Jamal Aldin reveals the truth about corruption and sectarian violence in Iraq

Published December 1st, 2009 - 11:09 GMT

The man offering the first real signs of hope for the future of Iraq:
This morning, 7DAYS, one of the UAE's leading daily newspapers, published the following interview with Ayad Jamal Aldin, leader of the Ahrar party. Mr. Jamal Aldin, who is fighting for the rights of the people of Iraq, reveals the shocking truth about the level of corruption and sectarian violence that has infiltrated all levels of the current Nouri al-Maliki government.

The Ahrar party, whose members include Sunni, Shia, Kurd and Turkmen representatives, is already gathering momentum and widespread support despite only recently being launched.


The man at the front of a new political movement in Iraq, which aims to tackle corrupt-ion and violence in the country, was in Dubai this week.

Ayad Jamal Aldin who is leading the Ahrar party, has been campaigning for a new secular Iraq since 2003.

Speaking yesterday to 7DAYS, the 48-year-old, who is a regular visitor to the emirate as he has family living here, said his movement is gaining momentum and a number of people including university professors and social activists have pledged support to the group.

He said that his party's main aim is to root out corruption and bring about reconciliation among the warring factions.

Aldin claims Ahrar is a completely new movement for all Iraqis, whether they be Sunni, Shia, Kurd or Turkmen.

"It is less a political party, and more a movement of people who want to join together to rebuild our country," he said.

"We believe that poverty and terrorism are not Sunni, Shia or Kurdish concerns - they are Iraqi concerns.

Everyone should join hands to wage a battle against these evils," he said.

Corruption can be seen at every level of society, Aldin said, adding that funds meant for much-needed electricity and water were being siphoned off and used to benefit ministers and their families.

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