Washington: We will impose sanctions on those involved in the suppression of demonstrations in Iraq
The US official said in an exclusive interview with "Al Arabiya.net" that the situation in Iraq is very bad and there are many deaths among young people, we do not want to give the impression that the United States is intervening in Iraq because some will use this and use it as evidence of Western intervention and this is the case In Lebanon, where there are accusations that we are behind the demonstrations, but we know that Iran is behind the attempts to suppress the revolutions.
"We have even seen Iraqi football players wearing a mask on their face in a football match against Iran in solidarity with the demonstrators, and although solidarity is symbolic, it will attract world attention," he said.
"We discussed the demonstration in Iraq as well as the situation in Lebanon and Syria at the meeting of the strategic alliance in the Middle East, known as Mesa, which includes the Gulf Cooperation Council countries along with Egypt and Jordan in order to come up with a unified international response on Iraq."
"We appreciate the role of the United Nations and its mission in Iraq. I think it can help support new elections and review the electoral law so that the new government is in a better position to meet the needs of the Iraqi citizen," he said.
Abizaid . "But we want to find other ways to support the demonstrators , and I think it 's in providing medical aid to the protesters."
"We see a reaction from the Iraqi people and the demonstrators, which is hostile to Iran in nature, and it will be difficult to arrest them only with a campaign of violence and arrests, and this will be condemned in the Security Council and by the international community and if there is a campaign to suppress the demonstration, I think this will unite the international community to impose quick sanctions ".
"This may be the best way to reverse Iran's influence in Iraq," the official said.
"We will not hesitate to impose sanctions on Iraqi officials, including banning the entry of the United States and freezing their assets. We have done this in the past with our NATO ally.
"We are also constrained by Congress's law not to provide weapons to the security services in Iraq if they are found to be involved in human rights abuses. So we warned our partners in the Iraqi government and in the security forces if they crack down on demonstrators, we will stop supporting them. If any evidence shows they are doing so, we will do so," he said. "The investigation and review of all military assistance provided by the United States to Iraq are its values and this applies to Iraq and Lebanon."