Iran: Khamenei desperate to keep puppet al-Maliki in power in Iraq
NCRI – The Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is desperate to keep Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in power to keep control over Iraq and prop up the embattled Syrian regime, sources have revealed.
Ali Khamenei has told leaders of Iraq's ruling coalition that al-Maliki's premiership should not be undermined and replacing him was a 'red line' for Iran, it was reported.
Sources told Iraq's al-Rafidain TV on Sunday March 24 that the Supreme Leader believed ousting al-Maliki would cause a schism within the National Iraqi Alliance.
Removing al-Maliki would also prevent Iran from using Iraqi airspace and territory to send military aid to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
But sources also told the Iraqi TV channel that many Iraqi leaders believe al-Maliki's policies have plunged his country to the brink of civil war.