ERBIL — US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday accused Iran of “mucking around” in Iraq’s parliamentary election which is set for May 12th this year.
"Iran is following Russia's example of mucking around in Iraq's elections," Mattis told reporters as he returned to Washington on March 15 from a trip to the Middle East and Afghanistan.
“We have worrisome evidence that Iran is trying to influence -- using money -- the Iraqi elections. That money is being used to sway candidates, to sway votes.”
The US defense secretary also implied that the amount of funds Iran allocated to impact the Iraqi polls is large.
"It's not an insignificant amount of money, we believe. And we think it's highly unhelpful.”