The U.S. Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, posited that “our policy is to reverse Iran’s influence across the Middle East and to help countries like Iraq and Lebanon be free of Iranian interference. And I think there’s a lot of support for that among the Iraqi people. And one of the things the [Iraqi] prime minister [Mustafa al-Kadhimi] will be focused on, I think, is reclaiming Iraq’s sovereignty from Iranian interference”. Hook went on to say that “the [January 2020] death of Qassem Soleimani presents a better environment for the Iraqi people to have a government that represents their interests and not the interests of the Iranian regime”.
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