Baghdad: An Iranian conspiracy to infiltrate the Iraqi department of nationality in the 1990s has been exposed.
Iraqi documents revealed that the Iranian intelligence managed to infiltrate the department in a bid to change the demographic structure of the country.
Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein set up a high security committee to investigate a premeditated fire which gutted nationality files in the district of Karada, in central Baghdad.
The investigation revealed that the Iranian intelligence had recruited an Iraqi officer who was working at the department of nationality.
In an exclusive statement to Akhbar Al Khaleej, a top security official said that the plan was to supply hundreds of Afghans and Iranians with identity documents, which would entitle them to passports to be used for political reasons.
The source said the Iranian intelligence infiltrated sensitive sectors of the state, even though Saddam was ruling the country with an iron fist.
“This explains the state of weakness and lawlessness which is prevailing nowadays in Iraq,” said the official.
“Hundreds of thousands of identity and nationality documents and passports were issued after the 2003 American military occupation to be used in a systematic nationalisation of Iranians or other pro-Iran foreigners, he said.
According to the documents, hundreds of Syrian Kurds were brought into Iraq and nationalised illegally after tampering with the official demographic records.
Employees were also planted to this aim in sensitive departments to serve the orders of political parties which were planning to subvert the demography in Iraq in the interest of Kurds or pro-Iran forces.
According to the official, illegal nationalisation enabled the Kurdish parties to achieve good results in the elections, at the detriment of other independent Iraqi Kurds.
The Kurdish parties are adamant on activating the clause 140 of the Iraqi constitution to conduct a population census in the disputed areas and determine the proportion of Kurds, compared with other ethnic groups.
In case this procedure is implemented, illegally naturalized Syrian Kurds will enable Kurdish parts to annex towns in the Kurdistan province.