Tony Blair has agreed to advise the newly appointed Caliph of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, The Pan-Arabia Enquirer has learned.
The former UK prime minister and Middle East peace envoy will be paid an undisclosed sum to act as “economic advisor” to the Caliphate, recently established by the al-Baghdadi’s Sunni militant group ISIS, which has been behind the latest upswing in violence across Iraq.
Speaking to The Pan-Arabia Enquirer, Blair’s spokeswoman said that his decision was made to “help the Caliphate reach out to the international community at this crucial time for Iraq and the wider region” and that the fee was for “far less than his usual rate”.
Since standing down as prime minister in 2007, Blair has been awarded a string of multimillion-dollar consultancy contracts with private companies and repressive regimes, most notably with Monsanto and North Korea.
Alastair Campbell, Blair’s former press secretary who resigned in 2003 over the Iraq war “dodgy dossier” scandal, is also advising al-Baghdadi’s Caliphate on its public image.