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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has spied on Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other Iraqi leaders, according to U.S. journalist Bob Woodward's fourth book on President George W. Bush, The Washington Post reported on Friday.
The book titled "The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008," also says that the U.S. troop surge of 2007 was not the primary factor behind the steep drop in violence in Iraq, the Post reported.
Woodward reports "groundbreaking" new covert techniques, beginning in 2007, enabled U.S. military and intelligence officials to locate, target and kill insurgent leaders and key individuals in extremist groups such as al-Qaeda in Iraq.
BAGHDAD, Sep. 6, 2008 (Reuters) — Iraq will seek an explanation from U.S. officials about a report asserting the United States spied on Iraqi officials, including Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi government spokesman said on Friday.
The Washington Post said on Friday that a new book by U.S. journalist Bob Woodward, presented as a critical inside look at the Bush administration's decision-making on Iraq, reported that the United States spied on Maliki and other Iraqi leaders.
"If it is true ... it reflects that there is no trust," Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement.
Iraq will ask the United States for an explanation, he said.
"If it is true, it casts a shadow on the future relations with such institutions," he added, referring to the CIA and other U.S. agencies.