An Iran-linked Iraqi official who was spotted in the crowd of angry militia supporters and protesters Tuesday as some of them stormed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad visited the Obama White House back in 2011.
Hadi Al-Amiri's presence at the scene of the embassy attack -- where crowds chanted “Down, Down USA!” following U.S. airstrikes that killed fighters of an Iranian-backed militia -- underscores how the figure once seen as a potential partner is now viewed by the U.S. government as a dangerous Iran proxy.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointedly called him out in a tweet accusing him of aiding "terrorists" in the embassy attack.
"All are pictured below outside our embassy," he wrote.
Obama's camp pointed out that the Bush Administration also tried to form alliances with Iraqi officials with Iranian ties as well. Regardless of the foreign policy approach, the Trump administration was quick to call out these Iran sympathizers within the Iraq government.
The attack today was orchestrated by terrorists – Abu Mahdi al Muhandis and Qays al-Khazali – and abetted by Iranian proxies – Hadi al Amari and Faleh al-Fayyad. All are pictured below outside our embassy. pic.twitter.com/2QfGGrfmDd— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) December 31, 2019