Iran makes inroads into Iraq’s Sunni community

Sunni Arab duo al-Sumaidaie and al-Hmyem shock followers with support for militias

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The Iranian infiltration in the Iraqi political body is very obvious to all, but their infiltration into Iraq’s Sunni community is not perceptible by all. There are Sunni Arab politicians and clerics who shocked their followers with their supportive positions towards the Popular Mobilization militias, disregarding the violations committed by these militias against Sunni Arabs.

Mahdi al-Sumaidaie and Abdul Latif al-Hmyem stand within the camp defending the Sunni community in Iraq. However, the two are linked to many hidden stories that involve Iran’s Khamenei, Syria’s Assad and Iraq’s Maliki.

Sumaidaie is from Diyala in Iraq. He was supporting extremist elements before the American occupation of Iraq. In his speeches, he has always relied on incitement in order mobilize the Iraqis against Americans, and Shiites following the fall of Saddam’s regime.

The Oum al-Touboul mosque was his main base before his arrest by the US forces.

Things changed with the rise of Nouri al-Maliki who brought him back from Syria, where he was living after his release from prison.

Maliki needed a Sunni ally and kept al-Sumaidaie near him.

The facts show that al-Sumaidaie has received at his residence the Ambassador of Iran, and his political opponents talk about his direct relationship with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

As for Abdul Latif al-Hmyem, he is at present the president of the Iraqi Sunni Endowment. Hailing from Anbar province, he was famous for his meetings with former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, as well as receiving money on behalf of the Arab mujahideen committee.

After the fall of Saddam, he escaped to Amman and then participated in many conferences in Iran, with the latter supporting him in establishing a television channel in Egypt.

Hmeym was close to Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. He was appointed as president of the Iraqi Sunni Endowment last year, with the support of the Shiite blocs.

It is worth mentioning that al-Hmeym has praised the Iranian revolution and Khamenei, but did not condemn the crimes committed by the militias against the Sunni people in Iraq.

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