Robert HARNEIS -TDO- (FRANCE) -The leading Shia Iraqi scholar Sayyed Hashem al-Haidari has issued a blunt warning to the American government. He referred to US military bases and the embassy in Iraq as the “den of plots and espionage” recalling the Iranian description of the US embassy in Iran in 1979. The US embassy in Iraq is said to be the largest in the world.
The Iraqi religious leader’s comments were made against a background of rising tensions between Washington and Tehran. The US is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in response to a “number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran, US national security adviser John Bolton said recently.
Al-Haidari is a prominent leader within Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi or Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), which is an important part of the anti-US and anti-Israel ‘Resistance Axis’ led by Iran. He reminded Washington of the fate of the US embassy in Teheran in 1979 observing “I do not wish to recall, but allow me to recall the US embassy in Tehran, which was turned into ‘The Den of Espionage’ Museum.”
The US Teheran embassy is still today occupied by a museum, a bookshop and student organisations. The Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line have published documents seized in the embassy, including intricately reconstructed shredded documents, in a series of books called "Documents from the US Espionage Den". They included telegrams, correspondence, and reports from the United States Department of State and Central Intelligence Agency.