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Well-informed sources in Baghdad told "Independent Arab" that the US administration rejected an Iraqi request repeated three times, regarding the possibility of receiving Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi at the White House, to meet with President Donald Trump.
The sources confirmed that the US administration is angry with what appears to be Abdul Mahdi's standing in the Iranian ranks during the conflict in the region with the United States.
While Iraqi President Barham Salih appeared at the White House last week, along with Trump, at a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi was in China to sign economic agreements that could harm the interests of US companies in Iraq.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has backed away from his stated position, which excludes Israel's involvement in coordinated attacks on the headquarters of the Popular Mobilization Units in the past two months, opening the door to a storm of controversy that could lead to the formation of new positions in the context of the conflict between the United States and Iran.
The Iraqi prime minister had previously denied Israel's involvement in the attacks on more than one occasion, but returned on Monday, confirming that the investigation led to different conclusions.
According to Abdul-Mahdi, "indicators in the region confirm that no one wants war, except Israel."
Later, the IDF refused to comment on Abdul Mahdi's accusations, noting that he did not review positions issued by foreign media.
A green light for revenge
On the other hand, the Popular Mobilization hastened to consider Abdul Mahdi's announcement as a signal that could respond to the source of the attacks.
"The announcement by Abdul Mahdi that Israel is behind the bombing of the headquarters of the crowd is a green light to take revenge," said Abu Ala'a al-Wala'i, who heads the Sayyed al-Shuhada Brigades.
Hassan Salim, a member of the Iraqi parliament, said that "the response is a must" after "the Zionist entity proved to be involved in bombing the Popular Mobilization sites," calling on the Iraqi government to "cancel the security agreement with the United States because it violated it." The Iraqi airspace is protected, but the Zionist drones were flying from American bases in Iraq. ”
Salim saluted the "Prime Minister for his courage to uncover the truth of the results of the investigation."
Jamal Jafar, known as Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, said the United States had facilitated the introduction of four Israeli planes through Azerbaijan to carry out attacks inside Iraq, a statement that led to major disagreements with the head of the PMF. Fayyad, who prefers to be patient in dealing with this file.
Keeping up with Iran
Security expert Hisham al-Hashimi, who advises the Iraqi government, says holding Mahdi responsible for attacks on the PMF's headquarters is in line with Iran's desire. An accusation of this kind could turn into cover for attacks from Iraqi territory. Doubts arise about the fact that it has already happened and may also be repeated, despite Iraqi and Iranian denials.
Observers believe that the Iraqi prime minister translates into a dramatic decline in his relationship with the United States by accusing its ally Israel.
Abdul Mahdi acquiesces to Iran
These developments translate into what has been talked about in the scenes for days, that the Iraqi Prime Minister has nothing left to do, to remain in office, only to acquiesce to the Iranian desire, and to engage in its camp, after a period of neutrality worried about the expectations that the land will turn Iraq to the scene of a military confrontation between Washington and Tehran.
Observers believe that the Iraqi prime minister, by accusing Israel, is deepening the rupture with the United States, which may backfire on the calculations of Washington, which seeks to absorb the Iranian pressure in Baghdad, to avoid breaking its fragile political stability.
Soon after his visit to Saudi Arabia ended, Abdul-Mahdi called his accusations against Israel a success. He spoke of the Kingdom's political leadership responding to Iraq's desire to calm the situation in the region.
After the Saudi visit, Abdul-Mahdi did not explicitly talk about mediation with Iran, but said that he had discussed with the Saudi monarch and his crown prince the developments of the crisis in the region.
Although politicians close to Abdul-Mahdi said he would visit Iran after Saudi Arabia, the Iranian foreign ministry denied any knowledge of any mediation project led by Iraq.
Observers say that the uncertainty prevailing in the regional scene complicates the task of the Iraqi prime minister in mediating between Tehran and Riyadh, and may judge its failure, a conclusion apparently reached by Mahdi, so opened the door to talk about the involvement of Israel in bombing the headquarters of the Popular Mobilization.
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