US President George W Bush has admitted that he enjoyed Mr Sahhaf’s briefings so much that he used to interrupt some of his meetings just to watch him.
His son is working in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, where he’s earned the nickname “Surgical Ali”.
‘My father is a good guy. He is a very friendly guy,’ he said. ‘He knows he is responsible for his own decisions but, as a father, he is a very good man.’