The claim that Iraqi cleric said that “We need an Iraqi Atatürk”

CLAIM / Video: An Iraqi cleric said that “We need an Iraqi Atatürk” in a television program.


Through the subtitle of the video shared in the social media, it is claimed that an Iraqi cleric stated that Iraq needs an Iraqi Atatürk during a discussion about secularism in a television program.

The speech of an Iraqi cleric about Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

The claim of Iyad Jamal al-Din’s words in the subtitles of the video is representing truth. He said “Iraq is in need of a miracle, to a savior, to Atatürk.” in a television program.

The logo on the right top of the video is the logo of Al Arabiya channel based in Dubai.

The image of Newton’s cradle balance ball on the background in the video belongs to the discussion program named Point of Order by Hasan Muawad in Al Arabiya channel. Muawad hosted several political actors like Beşar Esad and Mesud Barzani before in his program.

The episode of the program in the video was aired in 4 December 2015 in Al Arabiya with Iyad Jamal al-Din as a guest of the program. Although Iyad Jamal al-Din is a cleric and Iraqi politician, he is also known as a strong supporter of secularism in Iraq.

English and Arabic transcripts of the program with Iyad Jamal al-Din are available here.

In the part of his talks that he mentioned about Ataturk in the program, Jamal al-Din said;

العراق بحاجة الى معجزة، الى منقذ، الى اتاتورك، نتمنى

ظهور اتاتورك عراقي يفرض القانون بالقوة ويعيد وحدة البلد.

Iraq is in need of a miracle, to a savior and to Ataturk. We hope the appearance of an Iraqi Ataturk to impose law by force and restore the unity of the country. verified the translation of al-Din’s words by different people knowing Arabic.