New Iraq Government Accuses Iran and Syria of Backing Insurgents

(Telegraph-UK) The new Iraqi government will publish damning evidence this week linking foreign powers, including Iran and Syria, to the Muslim extremists and loyalists of the former regime who launched a bloody rebellion after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Senior Iraqi officials indicated that Iran and Syria were the worst offenders. Baghdad believes that up to 10,000 foreign spies and undercover agents have infiltrated the country since last year's war. Powerful elements within Iran have been backing radical Shias in Iraq, including supporters of the militant cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Adnan al-Assadi, the deputy interior minister, said that hundreds of former Ba'athist officials who had fled to Syria were supplying funds and volunteers to the resistance.

2004-07-05 00:00:00

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