An Iraqi government minister who previously served as a commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps was among the delegation visiting the White House Monday in a ceremony marking the end of American troops there.
Transportation Minister Hadi Farhan al-Amiri was in the Guard Corps during the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers, an apartment complex housing U.S. soldiers in Saudi Arabia. American law enforcement officials believe the Guard Corps played a role in that attack. The Washington Times reported that al-Amiri was among Iraqi Prime Minister Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's delegation.
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh said agents would like to find out what al-Amiri knew about the Khobar attack that killed 19 U.S. servicemen.
"As a senior leader, [Amiri] would have to have known about Khobar, and he would know Gen. [Ahmad] Sherifi, who was the IRGC general that conducted the operation," Freeh said. The FBI "would love to sit down and talk to him, show him photographs, and ask him questions" about fugitives named in the Khobar Towers indictment. (continue reading at IPT)