[size=36]Deputy: US sanctions included 7 Iraqi leaders[/size]
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US sanctions have included seven Iraqi leaders, a parliamentary deputy said on Saturday.
"The leaks talked about seven political and Sunni names, including the US sanctions, but the US Treasury announced only four," said a member of Parliament, adding that "the Speaker of Parliament Mohammed Halabousi briefed them on the information after returning from Washington at the end of last March."
"The expectation is that there are other names from the province of Anbar, Baghdad and Kirkuk to other figures considered by Washington as new Iranian tools within liberated cities and regions of Iraq, and support them in the parliamentary and military elections."
"There will be other unexpected names, but of course they will not have a clear or even tangible impact, similar to similar sanctions imposed on Iraqis in earlier times in the past two years," he said.
"The United States is monitoring Iranian expansion and influence in Sunni-dominated cities in northern and western Iraq," he said. "The second is that it strengthens the other Sunni political group or camp that is opposed to rapprochement with Iran."
However, "the Iranian veto on Iraqi political figures is much stronger than the US sanctions, in terms of effectiveness on the Iraqi arena."
The US Treasury Department announced that Ahmed al-Jubouri, former governor of Salahadin, Mosul governor Nawfal al-Aakoub, Christian leader of Babylonian tribes in the Nineveh Plain Ryan Chaldean, and leader of Shabak al-Shabak, the leader of the network component and the promise of al-Qadu, US sanctions. The four are among the most influential figures in the provinces of Nineveh, Salah al-Din and parts of Kirkuk and Diyala.