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March 26, 2012

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Has Hezbollah received funds from Nouri al-Maliki regime?

Kurdishapect.com - By Sara Kurd

Apart from being involved in illegal operations in South and Central America, money laundering in the entire EU, individual contributions from its members, the primary source of financial and military assistance of Lebanese-based Hezbollah chiefly stems from the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

On Feb. 7, 2012, Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Shiite Muslim militant group, acknowledged for the first time that his organization was solely funded and equipped by Iran.

According to some valid US estimates, Iran was offering Hezbollah somewhere from $100-$200 million per year in financial assistance but that assistance has substantially plummeted after the enforcement of tough US economic sanctions.

The deficit in party’s budget has severely affected Hezbollah operations worldwide. To make up for its deficiency, Hezbollah has wordlessly turned its focus to another source for aid: the Iranian- fostered and Iranian-installed Islamic Dawa Party in Iraq, currently being led by Nouri al-Maliki, the country’s incumbent Prime Minister. 

According to a senior Islamic Dawa Party official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Nouri Al-Maliki has held numerous covert meetings with special delegations dispatched directly by Hassan Nasrallah and Ayatollah Seyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader, in Baghdad. 

Al-Maliki has channeled funds to Shiite extremist organizations since 2005, including Hezbollah. The source declined to reveal the precise amount of funds. The group has been permitted to establish representation bureaus in major cities in South of the country.

Abu Esraa’s pedigree, the pseudonym for Nouri Al-Maliki, Iraqi Prime Minister and the secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party, confirm these claims. 

Was not it for the sake of Iran harboring Al-Maliki, he could have been hanged by the then Iraqi dictator. Nouri Al-Maliki headed to Iran in 70s. During his 24 years in exile, he coordinated the activities of anti-Saddam guerillas in Iran, and developed deep relationships with Iranian and Syrian officials which persist till this moment.

Al-Maliki has repeatedly expressed his support for Bashar Al-Assad's dictatorial regime. 

He has also been criticized by Kurdish and Sunni leaders for monopolizing and abusing his power. He has been labeled as “Iraqi new dictator”. 

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