Barack Obama welcomed leader of US embassy attack to Oval Office in 2011
Barack Obama welcomed leader of US embassy attack to the White House: Iran’s ‘point man’ in Baghdad Hadi al-Amiri was hosted in the Oval Office in 2011 – eight years before he orchestrated siege in Iraq
Via Daily Mail
- Hadi al Amiri joined Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki when he met President Obama in Oval Office in December 2011
- On Tuesday, he was outside the US embassy in Baghdad when it was breached and set alight by Iran-backed members of Kataeb Hezbollah, and other militia of the government-sanctioned Popular Mobilization Forces
- Lawmakers and a former FBI director had been outraged by Amiri’s presence in the White House in 2011
- He is head of the Badr Corps, an Iranian vassal, which despite fighting alongside the US against ISIS in 2014 and 2015, has received funding and arms form Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard – a designated terror group
- Amiri is accused of engaging in terrorism against the US as well as helping Iran ship arms to Bashar al-Assad
President Obama sitting alongside Iraq’s then-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in the Oval Office of the White House in December 2011. Hadi al Amiri, who led a pro-Iran siege on the US embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday stands behind the sofa wearing a blue tie as part of Maliki’s delegation Picture insert by (TLB)
Hadi al-Amiri was Iraq‘s minister of transport under then-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and stood in the Oval Office as part of Maliki’s delegation on a visit to the White House in December 2011.
On Tuesday, al-Amiri was among those leading the charge against the US embassy in Baghdad when it was stormed and set alight by pro-Iran militants. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shared a photograph of Amiri amid the rioters, condemning him as an ‘Iranian proxy,’ and calling those shoulder-to-shoulder with him ‘terrorists.’
The head of a leading pro-Iran Shia faction, Amiri exerts great power within Iraq’s state-sanctioned Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and was highlighted by Pompeo among three other men as the ringleaders of the siege.
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