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U.S. Won't Release 5 Iranians Held in Iraq

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posted on Apr, 14 2007 @ 06:57 AM
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U.S. Won't Release 5 Iranians Held in Iraq


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -In a move likely to irritate Tehran, the government has decided not to release five Iranians captured in Iraq, a newspaper reported on Friday.

The Washington Post said that after intense internal debate, the Bush administration had decided to keep the Iranians in custody and make them go through a periodic six-month review process used for the other 250 foreign detainees held in Iraq...

...The Post said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had wanted to free the men because she judged them no longer useful but went along with the decision to retain them in custody that was strongly supported by Vice President Dick Cheney.


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posted on Apr, 14 2007 @ 06:57 AM
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The US maintains that these five are members of the Iran Revolutionary Guard though Iran calls them diplomats.

Is there conflict in the administration between the VP & Sec of State?

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posted on Apr, 14 2007 @ 08:21 AM
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Unless there's some sort of suspected info needed by the forces over there, holding Iranians at this time may look like a reprisal effort against Iranian Leaders for the British troop abduction.

Sec Rice making one statement of an intention to release the five and then being topped by a higher authority (Bush) ia an embarrassment to say the least. Taken seriously enough Rice could resign.

But the whole effort of holding these people without clear reasons is once again stoking the fires and may increase the security threat of foreign civil workers there, already tip-toeing around.

Dallas



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