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Old 01-05-2007, 12:31 PM   #1
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Iranian agents arrested in Baghdad

LONDON (Reuters) - A British official has said five Iranians arrested in Baghdad last month in a raid by U.S. forces were senior intelligence officers thought to be on a covert mission to influence the Iraqi government, the BBC reported.

Several Iranians -- including two diplomats who were later released -- were arrested by U.S. troops in the raid, which the BBC said occurred on December 21 in the compound of SCIRI head Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, one of Iraq's most powerful 'ite leaders.

"There were five senior officers in various Iranian intelligence organizations," the BBC's Newsnight television program, broadcast late on Thursday, quoted the unnamed official as telling it.

"It was a very significant meeting. These people have been collared, relatively speaking, up to no good."

Three intelligence officers had since been set free but the U.S. military continued to hold two others, the BBC said.

Britain's foreign ministry declined to comment on the report.

"We've always made clear it is vital that all Iraq's neighbors support Iraq as it develops its own security and democracy," a Foreign Office spokesman said.

"Anything that undermines the Iraqi government is unhelpful and any Iranian links to armed groups in Iraq are unacceptable."

British officials were quoted as telling the BBC that the raid produced some important intelligence in spite of failing to provide a "smoking gun" linking the Iranians to supplies of arms to 'ite militants who attack British troops in southern Iraq.

The State Department has said "a small number" of diplomats were among those detained in raids last month against Iranians suspected of planning attacks on Iraqi security forces, but they were turned over to Iraqi authorities and released.

Iran's foreign ministry has said the diplomats had been invited by the Iraqi government.

The BBC said the arrested men were in Iraq to hold high-level meetings with Iraqi 'ite factions.

"There was discussion of whether the (Prime Minister Nuri al-) Maliki government would succeed, who should be in which ministerial jobs," one British government source told Newsnight.

"It was a very significant meeting. The fact of who some of the Iranians were is very significant."

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Thats just another way to stir up something into to getting the people to believe that Iran is a threat and trying to undermine the Iraqi movement towards stability. Im tired of hearing this kind of an im sure alot of people are.
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Thats just another way to stir up something into to getting the people to believe that Iran is a threat and trying to undermine the Iraqi movement towards stability. Im tired of hearing this kind of an im sure alot of people are.
I'm not sure whether you're saying that you are tired of hearing that Iran is interfering or that the whole idea that Iran is is interfering is garbage that someone made up. For the record though, it has been verified that they are infact interfering with the process. It's not as if they don't stand to gain from the outcome and other implications that their interference carries. Anyway, just putting that out there, hopefully they will discontinue this behavior in the very near future.
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I dont think that the idea that Iran is interfering is garbage. Im just tired of hearing about Iran period. It seems that alot of focus of the media and the government has shifted towards Iran lately, somewhat due to the ridiculously radical president who is in office, and I believe some of the reports about Irans nuclear program(which has been said to be enriching uranium for purposes of obtaining nuclear weapons) are being fabricated the same as our reasons to go to Iraq....which ended up being false.
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I dont think that the idea that Iran is interfering is garbage. Im just tired of hearing about Iran period. It seems that alot of focus of the media and the government has shifted towards Iran lately, somewhat due to the ridiculously radical president who is in office, and I believe some of the reports about Irans nuclear program(which has been said to be enriching uranium for purposes of obtaining nuclear weapons) are being fabricated the same as our reasons to go to Iraq....which ended up being false.
Can't argue with any of that...there seems to be an effort to perhaps, overstate their intentions, yes! The fact that the type of nuclear facility that they are said to be contracting out to Russia is incapable of producing weapons grade uranium, you may be on to something. AND YES, the whole Iraq thing was false but everyone should have knew that since Saddam (as crazy as he was) didn't use his nuclear arsenal in the beginnings of the war. Oh well...hopefully, a hard lesson learned...:eh:
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