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Iran demands nationals' release
Sunday, 14 January 2007
Iran has demanded that the US military immediately release five of its nationals detained in a raid in northern Iraq on Thursday.
Iran's foreign ministry says the men are diplomats and were working at the Iranian liaison office in Irbil.
US officials say they are linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard which they say trains and arms Iraqi insurgents.
Mr Hosseini said the building the Americans attacked opened in 1992 and was officially registered as the Iranian consulate. The Iraqi authorities have said it was a liaison office in the process of being registered as a consulate.
Iran is adamant the office and the staff inside should have had diplomatic protection and that America's action was illegal.
US warns Iran on Iraq 'meddling'
US Vice-President Dick Cheney has warned Iran not to interfere in Iraq.
The US government thought it was very important that the Iranians should "keep their folks at home", he said.
Originally posted by spacedoubt
What if it is determined that these Iranians are part of an insurgent support group, and are providing training, and weapons?
What if they ARE responsible for the deaths of Iraqi citizens, and American military?
Should we return them?
A straight answer is appreciated.
Six Iranians held in a US military raid in northern Iraq were working there with the approval of the authorities, Iraq's foreign minister has said.
The Iranian liaison office in Irbil did not yet have full consular diplomatic status but it had been operating for years, Hoshyar Zebari said.
The US said it believed the six people seized in Thursday's raid had targeted Iraqi and US-led coalition forces.
Russia said the raid was "unacceptable" and a violation of international law.
"It is absolutely unacceptable for troops to storm the consular offices of a foreign state on the territory of another state," Russian foreign ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said.
"It is also not clear how this fits in with American statements that Washington respects the sovereignty of Iraq," he said.
The Iranian liaison office in Irbil did not yet have full consular diplomatic status
Originally posted by Edn
And I thought the US was there to help Iraq, it seams they don't give a dam what the Iraqi government wants.
Mithal Alusi, a member of the (Iraqi) National Parliament, charged that the detainees were Iranian intelligence officers involved in terrorist activities in northern Iraq. He insisted that they did not have diplomatic status.
U.S. raids in northern Iraq nab several Iranians
The protesters broke the main gate and threw stones at the building. They also set fire to an annex used as a reception room and destroyed a car belonging to the consulate, according to an Associated Press reporter on the scene.
One Iraqi climbed to the building's roof and pulled down the Iranian flag, raising the Iraqi flag in its place.
Iraqis Attack Iranian Consulate in Basra
On June 14, (2006), some 500 Iraqis attacked Iran's consulate in Basra, torching parts of the compound.
The protest followed a similar one days earlier outside the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Karbala.
The participants in both demonstrations were supporters of prominent Iraqi Shiite Ayatollah Mahmoud al-Hassani, an outspoken critic of Iranian meddling in Iraq.
Iran’s consulate in southern Iraq city comes under attack
Jan. 11, 2007 Release A070111c
FIVE DETAINED IN SECURITY OPERATION IN GREATER IRBIL AREA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces conducting routine security operations in Irbil Jan. 11 detained six individuals suspected of being closely tied to activities targeting Iraqi and Coalition Forces. One individual was released and five remain in custody.
This operation was part of an ongoing effort by Coalition Forces targeting individuals involved in activities aimed at the killing of Iraqi citizens and Iraqi and Coalition Forces.
The suspects were detained in the Old Korea area of Irbil. The detained individuals will be questioned and the documents and equipment that was removed will be examined to determine the extent of the alleged illegal or terrorist activity. Based on the outcome of that investigation, appropriate action will be taken regarding the detainees.
MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ COMBINED PRESS INFORMATION CENTER BAGHDAD, Iraq
Originally posted by pugachev
Nice work, makeitso. I'm glad someone here actually took the time to research the topic instead of rushing to conclusions.
Originally posted by XphilesPhan
So am I, I get so tired of the eurocons rushing to conclusions in some feeble minded attempt to slander the US.
Originally posted by Britguy
This action again underscores just who is running things in Iraq, and it sure isn't the Iraqi puppet government
This was nothing more than another prod to try and ellicit a response from Iran, in much the same way as US and UK forces carried out actions against Iraq before the invasion, trying to get a response to justify military action. The Iranians are just not biting though, making it harder for the United States of Israel to justify an attack
This sort of action also makes it clear that the idea of diplomatic immunity no longer applies, possibly putting foreign diplomats - maybe there are still some trying to open dialogue - in danger and making them irrelevent.