A former president’s official invitation was questioned after a Middle Eastern military leader led a mass uprising years later against one of the nation’s foreign missions in Iraq on Dec. 31.
Barack Obama has been cast into the spotlight after his former administration invited Hadi al-Amiri to the White House back in 2011. The Iranian militia leader is one of many people identified in a violent attack against the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad at the end of 2019.
The group attacked the embassy in response to U.S. airstrikes against the Shiite militia Kataib Hezbollah, which is blamed for the death of an American nonmilitary contractor. Kataib Hezbollah is one of multiple pro-Iran militias that form the Popular Mobilization Forces, which officially joined the Iraqi military after combating the Sunni Islamic State terrorist group according to Breitbart.
The attack on the embassy reportedly started after a funeral service was held for 25 Kataib Hezbollah fighters who died in the U.S. airstrikes. Kataib Hezbollah supporters, who wore uniforms and waved militia flags, are believed to have led the group that grew into thousands with many of them carrying photos of deceased Kataib Hezbollah members and Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who condemned the American airstrikes.
“The attackers were able to smash open a gate and push into the embassy compound, lighting fires, smashing cameras, and painting messages such as ‘closed in the name of resistance’ on the walls,” the publication said. “Gunshots were reportedly heard near the embassy, while tear gas and stun grenades were deployed by its defenders.”
Former White House press secretary Jay Carney appeared to have no idea a former Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander, who participated in a 1996 terrorist attack that killed 19 U.S. servicemen, was allowed to visit the White House even after Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry enquired whether a background check was completed in 2011.
“I have to take that question then, I am not aware of it,” Carney said according to Real Clear Politics. “I will check on it for you.”
Former Central Intelligence Agency Operations Officer Bryan Dean Wright separately questioned Ben Rhodes, another former White House staffer during the Obama administration, for providing $1.7 billion in cash to Tehran that allegedly ended up in hostile Iranian militia member hands.
“As you attack Trump’s foreign policy, Iranian militia members are–at this very moment–attacking American soldiers using the $1.7B cash you and Team Obama sent to Tehran,” Wright said on Twitter.