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Photo brings Iran's plans for Iraq into sharp focus
Greater Dandenong Weekly ^ | 28 Apr, 2012 03:00 AM | PAUL MCGEOUGH

Posted on 04/28/2012 9:34:17 PM PDT by Olog-hai

A PUBLIC relations stumble between Tehran and Baghdad has intensified speculation that one of Iran’s most senior clerics is about to extend his power—and Iran’s theocratic system—into Iraq.

On his return from a visit to Tehran, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office released statements on his meetings with several senior Iranian officials—but it was silent on Mr. Maliki’s encounter with 63-year-old Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi.

Despite a Baghdad blackout on what is understood to have been their third meeting in recent months, Iran’s government-run news agency IRNA released a photograph of Mr. Maliki and Ayatollah Shahroudi—who is Iraqi by birth—greeting each other warmly.

An accompanying report on the visit barely mentions Mr. Maliki, but quotes Ayatollah Shahroudi urging Baghdad to support the “Islamic Awakening” currently under way in the Middle East.

Ayatollah Shahroudi, a powerful member of Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei’s inner circle, is positioning himself to become the next spiritual leader of Iraq’s Shiite Muslim majority, a move observers say would be impossible without Tehran’s blessing and funding.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: almaliki; arabspring; ayatollah; ayatollahshahroudi; iran; iraniraq; iraq; iraqiran; islamicawakening; shahroudi; shiites; theocracy
Not surprising at all. After all, al-Maliki heads up the Islamic Dawa Party in Iraq.
1 posted on 04/28/2012 9:34:23 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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2 posted on 04/28/2012 9:47:58 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Olog-hai

Maybe I am just tired, but there did not seem to be any picture that the title alludes to.

3 posted on 04/28/2012 10:19:12 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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There wasn’t.

4 posted on 04/28/2012 10:55:23 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. " -Jesus)
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Thanks Olog-hai.

5 posted on 04/29/2012 5:53:39 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time --
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