Former CIA chief 'uncomfortable' with Iran role in Iraq

Former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 27, 2015 in National Harbor, MarylandFormer CIA chief Michael Hayden said Tuesday he was “uncomfortable” with Iran’s growing influence in Iraq, made especially evident by an offensive in Tikrit. The city, which is the home town of former president Saddam Hussein, is the target of as assault led by Iraqi troops and Shiite militias backed by Tehran. “I am made uncomfortable by the growing Iranian influence in Iraq. I am made uncomfortable by the fact that it looked like a Shia advance against a Sunni town,” said Hayden, who headed the Central Intelligence Agency between 2006 and 2009.

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