American officials have rejected claims made by Iranian diplomat Jalal Sharafi that he was tortured “day and night” by members of the CIA after being captured in February while stationed in Baghdad. A White House representative dismissed the charges as “the latest theatrics of a government trying to deflect attention away from its own unacceptable actions.”
“I was kidnapped on a Baghdad street while shopping by officials who had Iraqi defence ministry ID cards and were riding in American forces vehicles,” he said.
Mr. Sharafi said he was taken from the Karrada district to a base near Baghdad airport and questioned in Arabic and English.
“The CIA officials’ questions focused mainly on Iran’s presence and influence in Iraq,” he said.
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