British MG Graham Binns sat with Basra governor Muhammam Musbih Al-Waili at the handover ceremonies of Basra from the Brits in December. (Flickr)
The Governor of Basra accused Iranian officials of plotting to kill him and his brothers.
Aswat Aliraq reported:
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Basra’s governor accused Iranian diplomats of planning an attempt on his life and interfering in the port city’s political and security affairs.
“Diplomatic personnel working in the Iranian consulate in Basra disclosed to me that some of the Iranian mission members planned to assassinate me and my brothers, Ismail,” Governor Mohamed Misbah al-Waili told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).
“The Iranian consulate members have been interfering in Basra’s political and security affairs despite the fact that their job must be restricted to diplomatic responsibilities only,” Waili said.
He pointed out that his family “is in danger,” holding the Iranians “responsible for any future assaults on my life.”