New Iranian ambassador to Iraq to take up post this week

July 23, 2010

Iran’s new ambassador to Iraq is an important figure in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and resents the Kurdish inclination towards separatism.

Hassan Danaifar, born in Baghdad in 1962, was deported with his family by Saddam Hussain during the Iraq-Iran war (1980-88) because of his Iranian origins and initially joined the Badr militia, Kuwaiti daily Al Watan reported on Friday, quoting Iraqi media.

He has served as deputy commander of the naval forces of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

The ambassador who will take up his post this week has close relations with many Shiite politicians, particularly Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki.

He replaces ambassador Hassan Qomi.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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  • Bahrain Tribune
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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