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WikiLeaks: 2005-12-19: 05BAGHDAD5051: Codel Inhofe Meets with TNA Members

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05BAGHDAD5051 2005-12-19 16:10 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Baghdad
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 BAGHDAD 005051 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/19/2015 
     B. BAGHDAD 4746 
Classified By: Political Counselor Robert S. 
Ford for Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
1. (SBU) Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) met December 12 
with TNA members Dr. Saad Qindeel, Wijdan Salim, and 
Yunadem Kanna. 
Security Situation: We are in a Catch-22 
2. (C) Wijdan Salim said the security situation is 
still "very bad," and the Iraqi government needs to 
protect people, particularly candidates and campaign 
workers.  Later, she suggested that the Ministry of 
Interior is loyal to Iran.  She also said the U.S. 
military is making Iraqis hate them because of their 
security and construction projects, citing a plan to 
build barricades on the ring roads in Baghdad.  Dr. 
Qindeel described the security situation as "not good, 
but improved."  He added that "we do not see the light 
at the end of the tunnel although we are moving in the 
right direction."  Dr. Qindeel said Iraq is caught in 
a Catch-22: it needs MNF-I to build up the ISF so that 
it can assume the security portfolio and MNF-I can 
leave, which most Iraqis want to happen as soon as 
possible.  He stated that, from the Government of 
Iraq's perspective, MNF-I is acting as a hindrance to 
the build-up of ISF to self-sufficiency. 
3. (C) Dr. Qindeel did not miss another opportunity to 
note that the control of the intelligence services 
needs to be returned to the Government of Iraq 
(reftels).  (NOTE: This demand was also contained in 
the TNA Sovereignty Commission Report issued in 
September.  The Shia Alliance has repeatedly claimed 
that the INIS is closely affiliated with U.S. 
intelligence services and is infiltrated by former 
Ba'athists. END NOTE.)  He added that Iraq's 2006 
Budget did not contain any funding for the 
intelligence services (which he estimated at $250 
million).  He alleged that the entire budget is being 
financed by the USG.  He concluded by saying, "How can 
we get to self-sufficiency if we do not have control?" 
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Kanna's Soliloquy: How to Fix Iraq and Stop Depending 
on the Kurds 
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4. (C) Yunadem Kanna took advantage of the meeting to 
speak at length on a variety of topics.  He said that 
90% of Iraqis were happy when Saddam's regime fell, 
but they did not all move in the same direction since 
some of them had different dreams for Iraq.  He 
stressed the importance of Iraq stopping destabilizing 
external factors (e.g., foreign terrorists crossing 
open borders) and ridding itself of bad internal 
factors (e.g., Ba'athists).  In order to move forward, 
there needs to be reconciliation to bring in the Sunni 
Arabs and De-Ba'athification against real criminals. 
Wijdan Salim disagreed with Kanna's viewpoint on de- 
Ba'athification, saying most Iraqis were Ba'athists 
and the De-Ba'athification process is adversely 
affecting many ordinary Iraqis.  She added that those 
Ba'athists who committed crimes to Iraqis need to be 
judged through the courts. 
5. (C) Kanna's intense dislike for the Kurds (whose 
actions have disenfranchised those Chaldo-Assyrians in 
northern Iraq who do not support the Kurdish Alliance) 
was evident when he criticized the U.S. for relying on 
the same people for advice, creating a situation where 
the U.S. had the love of 3 million and made 24 million 
suffer.  He later added that "maybe the Kurds will be 
brought down by a Shia/Sunni Alliance." 
6. (C) Baghdad-native Saad Qindeel is a moderate Shia 
and head of the political bureau of SCIRI, the largest 
party in the Shia Alliance.  He also serves on the 
Constitutional Committee.  Baghdad-native Wijdan Salim 
is Chaldean Assyrian Christian and Secretary of the 
TNA's Committee on Foreign Relations.  She is a 
supporter of former PM Ayad Allawi and is running on 
his list in December.  She is also a reliable 
interlocutor on the life of ordinary Baghdadis. 
Yunadem Kanna is also Chaldean Assyrian Christian, and 
serves as Secretary General of the Assyrian Democratic 
Movement and Chairman of the Services and 
Reconstruction Committee.  He is a well known advocate 
for Christian rights as well as a member of the 
Constitutional Committee and the De-Ba'athification 


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