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Iraq's Shiite leaders grilled by U.S. on nature of Iran ties
The questioning reflects a concern over the coalition's independence
By HAMZA HENDAWI
BAGHDAD, IRAQ - With a Shiite coalition set to take power in Iraq, American officials have begun grilling top Iraqi Shiite politicians to try to gauge the extent of their relationship with neighboring Iran, a predominantly Shiite nation ruled by its clergy.
The nature of the Shiite coalition's ties to Iran has become a crucial issue now that the cleric-backed alliance has emerged as the leading faction in the new Iraqi parliament and at a time when the United States and Iran are engaged in a war of words over Iran's nuclear program.
In recent talks, U.S. diplomats have bluntly asked the leaders how a Shiite-dominated government would react if Iran came under attack by an outside power because of its suspected nuclear weapons program, according to a high-ranking member of one Shiite party.
Originally posted by marg6043
I have to say that I am just waiting to see where all this is heading, with Shiites in power in Iran and Iraq.
I wonder sometimes is it's pure genius or just stupidity what motivates our leaders in the white house.
Originally posted by HIFIGUY
The existing government is in power due to his efforts and despite my not accepting the method, the result is good. Enjoy your democarcy Iraq, for your neighbor Iran does not have one.
[edit on 14-2-2005 by HIFIGUY]
Originally posted by Gazrok
I've said it before, and I'll say it again...
If you give people in the middle east democracy, they will democratically CHOOSE a theocracy.
But bagging on people you don't even know for what they might or might not do?
That's just lame, and that does bother me. A lot.
Originally posted by Jakomo
Read a little then, and educate yourself. Al Sistani is an Iranian cleric, and the dangers of iraq becoming an Iranian style government are REAL, whether it pisses you off or not.
Originally posted by Majic
People are talking in this thread like they can see the future, and I know none of them can