once a CIA pest, always a CIA pest

Paul Wolfowitz’s Iran Connection (gist – RB)
Phil Giraldi, AmConMag, Jun 5 2013

Was the architect of the Iraq War getting advice from an agent of the Islamic Republic? In late 2002 and early 2003, Wolfowitz regularly met secretly with a group of Iraqi expatriates, consisting mostly of Shias but also including several Sunnis, who resided in the Washington area and were opponents of the Saddam Hussein regime. The Iraqis were headed by one Dr Ali al-Attar, born in Baghdad in 1963, a 1989 graduate of the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. He subsequently emigrated to the US and set up a practice in internal medicine in Greenbelt, Maryland, a suburb of Washington. Al-Attar eventually expanded his business to include nine practices that he wholly or partly owned in Virginia and Maryland. Al-Attar was indicted by the federal government acting on behalf of the IRS in Mar 2012 for having fraudulently prepared tax returns between 2004 and 2006. The IRS claimed that he and his business partner Fadul systematically diverted payments from the accounts of their several offices into their personal accounts, siphoning off more than $500k. The government case involved the instances of fraud that were easiest to prove in court, but it was likely just the tip of an iceberg with millions more in additional money being diverted to offshore accounts in the Middle East and elsewhere. Al-Attar fled the US after the indictment to avoid arrest and imprisonment. Late in 2012 he was observed in Beirut, conversing with a Hezbollah official. It turns out that al-Attar is only a first-generation Iraqi. He was born in Baghdad, but his parents were both from Iran. It might be intriguing to speculate whether the upper levels of the Bush administration were the gullible victims of a conspiracy orchestrated by Tehran to entice the US into destroying the one Arab state that truly threatened the regional dominance of the Islamic Republic of Iran. That would be quite a story.

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