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Iraqi Governor Hires U.S. Lobbyist To Fight ISIS

The effectiveness of lobbyists in reclaiming land from ISIS remains untested.

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Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, in this June 11, 2014 file photo.

WASHINGTON — The governor of the Iraqi province of Mosul is paying a U.S. consulting firm $300,000 to help him fight ISIS.

According to documents filed with the Department of Justice on Monday, Atheel al-Nujaifi, the governor of the Iraqi province whose capital is Mosul, has hired a McLean, Virginia firm called Chartwell Consultancy to "assist in reclaiming land from Islamic State."

The filing says that Chartwell will meet with federal officials and members of Congress as well as coordinate media relations for Nujaifi. The contract says that Chartwell, led by former American Jewish Committee official and Foreign Service officer Barry Jacobs, will also coordinate a visit for Nujaifi to Washington. Nujaifi, according to the filing, is paying for Chartwell's services "using his personal funds."

Chartwell will assist Nujaifi in reaching out to Congress and the executive branch "with the expressed purpose of securing the territory and people of the Republic of Iraq's Ninavah Governorate," the contract reads.

ISIS took control of the northern Iraq city of Mosul in June. Nujaifi fled that month and is now residing in Irbil, the capital of the Kurdish Regional Government. Nujaifi is reportedly trying to put together a 3,000-person militia composed of Sunnis from his province to fight ISIS.

The contract with Chartwell notes that the firm will also help "to present and implement a plan for the creation of a indigenously recruited, multicultural and multi-religious National Guard unit at approximately regimental size based in Mosul to participate in the expulsion of foreign forces from Ninavah and secure with great urgency the residents' private and state controlled property."

There is little information about Chartwell Consultancy online, and the only client it has listed under the Foreign Agent Registration Act is Nujaifi.

Rosie Gray is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C. Gray reports on politics and foreign policy.

Contact Rosie Gray at rosie@buzzfeed.com.

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