Al-Maliki's government was on record in its support of a political negotiated settlement of the Syrian conflict and against any military solution thereto as well as in its opposition to "foreign intervention" in Syria, US strike whether "limited" or unlimited against it, arming Syrian rebels or facilitating their mission with logistics, Arab League's suspension of its membership, imposing unilateral Arab, US and EU sanctions on the country, and Arab League's and US president Barak Obama's calls for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to "step down," thus allying itself with the Russia, China and Iran.
Raymond Tanter, president of the US Iran Policy Committee, writing in The Hill on last September 20, labeled the "The Baghdad regime" a "naysayer" and " evildoer" ally of the US and wondered " of what value is one of the largest U.S. embassies in the world if American diplomats cannot persuade the Iraqi regime" to commit to its SFA accord.
Iraqi PM Maliki and US Prresident Obama shake hands in Washington, D.C. in 2011 by google images
On last September 14 Ramesh Sepehrrad noted in a UPI report
that, " More
often than not,
Early enough however, President Obama provided an explanation:
between the U.S. and Iraqi responses to the Syrian conflict were simply
"tactical disagreements," Obama said on December 12, 2011, quoted by
CBS News, adding he had "absolutely no doubt" that the Iraqi "naysaying" was " not based on considerations of what Iran
would like to see." The
Before the US-Russian latest deal on the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal, Washington, pursuant to the SFA, asked Baghdad to monitor the Iraqi airspace throughout the duration of the planned US strikes on Syria, to prevent Iran from using it, an Iraqi military source told al-Arab London-based daily on last September 10.
As recently as last August 15, al-Maliki's Foreign Affairs Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, co-chaired
with his American counterpart, John Kerry, the meeting in Washington, D.C. of
the Political and Diplomatic Joint Coordination Committee (JCC), which was
established as a result of the SFA. They agreed to convene the next JCC in
In the joint statement issued after the meeting, " Both delegations emphasized their commitment to close and ongoing security cooperation, noting in this regard the Memorandum of Understanding on security cooperation signed at the Defense and Security JCC in December 2012, the inaugural U.S.-Iraq Joint Military Committee (JMC) hosted by U.S. Central Command in June 2013."
T he Iraqi Defense Minister Saadoun al-Dulaimi was in Tehran on last September 26 signing with his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Hussein Dehqan a bilateral defense agreement, which the Iranian Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani said Iran was ready "to expand " at the strategic level in all fields, according to www.tasnimnews.com on the same day.
The previous day, Sarah
Bertin, a researcher at the American Foreign Policy Council in
A few days later the
Last October, the then Iranian Minister of Defense Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi and al-Dulaimi signed a document of bilateral cooperation in the defense field.