US embassy cable - 05BAGHDAD2437


Identifier: 05BAGHDAD2437
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Origin: Embassy Baghdad
Created: 2005-06-08 11:41:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
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C O N F I D E N T I A L BAGHDAD 002437 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/07/2015 
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission David M. Satterfield 
for reasons 1.4 (a), (b), and (d) 
1. (C) SUMMARY: Charge Satterfield joined the Senior Advisor 
to the Ministry of Interior in a May 30 dinner with the 
Minister of Interior Baqr Jabr where they discussed: Middle 
East and Iraqi political developments, the current security 
operations in Baghdad, as well as police training programs 
and human rights reform.  The meeting proved a useful 
interface to broadly review current Ministry of Interior 
initiatives and learn how the Minister intends to advance 
security in Baghdad and throughout country.  END SUMMARY. 
2. (C) Charge joined Mr. Casteel and the Minister of Interior 
Baqr Jaber for a May 30 dinner at the Adnon Palace. The 
Charge and Minister discussed the political reforms 
throughout the Middle East, agreed the January Iraqi election 
was the spark of change, and expressed the importance of 
ensuring the next round of Iraqi elections are supported and 
carried out in December 2005.  The Charge and Minister also 
agreed the  Syrian government is a major obstacle to the 
advancement of democracy in the region.  At present, the 
Syrians are only changing their words, but not their actions. 
The Charge emphasized that while the highest officials of the 
Syrian Government sorely crave international attention, the 
international community must focus its attention at the lower 
levels and only shift that attention once we begin to see 
positive action. 
3. (C) Jabr described his recent meeting with Masood Barzani, 
President of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Irbil 
on May 20 as productive. Jabr conveyed he will continue to 
assist the Kurdish forces where he can with equipment and 
political support and stressed the central government must 
show its support to the Kurdish region.  He then added he is 
a strong supporter of the Iraqi Transitional Government's 
(ITG) President Jalal Talibani from the Patriotic Union of 
Kurds (PUK) as they have worked together for the past twenty 
years.   However, he is not such an advocate of Mr. Barzani 
who disappointed him in 1996 when he allied with Saddam 
Hussien.  This disappointment led Jabr to speak out publicly 
against Barzani to the displeasure of SCIRI officials. 
4. (C) Both Charge and Jabr agreed the operations currently 
underway in Baghdad are proving successful. The results are a 
product of better than expected coordination between MoI, 
Ministry of Defense and Coalition forces. While admitting 
there still remains a lot of work ahead, Jabr is pleased with 
the progress and the ground swell of support from the Baghdad 
citizenry. Jabr ended by mentioning that the number of IEDs 
and VBIEDs are down over the past week and there have been 
zero VBIED's over the past two days. 
5. (C) Charge expressed the importance of building on this 
coordination with the MoD at the upcoming European Union 
conference in Brussels.  It will be an ideal opportunity to 
voice a unified Ministry of Interior MoI and MoD vision for 
Iraq. Jabr agreed and stated he is attending the conference 
because of its importance to the future Iraq both from a 
security and diplomatic perspective. 
6. (C) Jabr stated his priorities for the MoI are building 
the intelligence structure, improving police training, 
increasing the efficiency of the Ministry as an institution, 
and bringing about fundamental human rights reform. (NOTE: 
The Minister's passion for human rights reform is more 
pronounced than any other of the four Minister's IRMO-MOI 
advisers have worked with. This may rest with the fact that 
Jabr and his immediate family emigrated from Iraq in 1982 
after the regime of Saddam Hussein executed 12 family 
members.  The regime then executed his brother in 1996 to 
further pressure Jabr to stop his political and media 
activities. END NOTE) 
7. (U) Minimize considered for REOs Basrah, Hillah, Kirkuk, 
and Mosul. 

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