The Kurdish President and Regional Government have protested the assault on the Iranian Embassy in Iraq and have asked for the release of the detained
Baghdad, Iraq — Iraqi Kurds, among America's staunchest supporters, condemned the detention Thursday of six Iranian diplomats during a raid by U.S.
forces on an Iranian consulate in the Kurdish city of Irbil.
The Kurdish president and regional government released a statement calling for the release of the six detained during the early-morning raid and
firefight. One of the diplomats later was freed, the U.S. military said.
“The U.S. action does not conform to the policy of attempting to spread security and stability throughout all of Iraq,” the statement said, adding
that the raid was conducted without local approval.
“The people of the Kurdistan Region protest against and reject this action which violates our internal sovereignty,” the statement said. “We do
not accept that disputes with our neighboring countries should be brought onto our soil.”
The raid follows similar detentions of Iranian diplomats during raids in Baghdad three weeks ago. The Bush administration has accused Iran of arming
and supporting Shiite militias and meddling otherwise in Iraq's affairs.
In his speech Wednesday night, President Bush vowed that troops will “interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria,” and “destroy the
networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq.”
The raid occurred several hours before Bush's speech.
The language of the Bush address contrasts with a call by the Iraq Study Group to open negotiations with Iran, as well as Syria.
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Here we have it. Pro-American allies are now voicing their opinion on Bush administration tactics. How many more will we alienate in this "Mistaken
They said it pretty plainly they don't want America starting trouble on their soil and rightly so. Involving innocent people seems to be par for the
course for the current administration. Attacking Iranian sovereign territory in in or near Kurdish territory would possibly imply collusion. Can't say
that I blame them at all.
Will Bush and his new Iraqi advisors heed the wishes of the new Iraqi government as well as the Kurds?
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