“The leaders of Iraq and Jordan warned yesterday [December 7, 2004] that Iran is trying to influence the Iraqi elections scheduled for Jan. 30 [2005] to create an Islamic government that would dramatically shift the geopolitical balance between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in the Middle East. Iraqi President Ghazi Yawar charged that Iran is coaching candidates and political parties sympathetic to Tehran and pouring ‘huge amounts of money’ into the campaign to produce a Shiite-dominated government similar to Iran’s.”

 – Robin Wright and Peter Baker, “Iraq, Jordan See Threat to Election from Iran,” The Washington Post, Dec. 8, 2004