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IPFS News Link • Iraq

US Uneasy as Iraq Gets New Prime Minister

• by melkulangara bh

Why not? He was opposed to Saddam Hussein's dictatorship — although, unlike most Shia politicians who fled from Saddam's tyranny, he never lived in Iran but chose UK. 

However, unlike his famous (notorious) cousin Iyad Allawi who also lived in exile in the UK and whom the US handpicked to head the first government during its occupation (2004-2005), Mohammed Allawi didn't work for the western intelligence. 

Even detractors dare not say that he ever was on Tehran's payroll. In fact, he wasn't — unlike another famous relative Ahmed Chalabi. 

Yet, although part of Iraqi Shia aristocracy, he was sensible enough as an aspiring Iraqi politician to have good rapport with Iran.