Registering New Influence, Iranian Foreign Minister Visits Iraq

(New York Times) John F. Burns - Iran sent its foreign minister, Kamal Kharrazi, to Baghdad on Tuesday. Almost 25 years after Iraq and Iran started an eight-year war that left a million people dead, the government in Baghdad is now led by officials with close personal, religious, and political ties to Iran's ruling Shiite ayatollahs. Kharrazi appeared eager to put the U.S. on notice that Iran expects to wield influence in Iraq, especially in the long term: "The party that will leave Iraq is the United States, because it will eventually withdraw, but the party that will live with the Iraqis is Iran, because it is a neighbor to Iraq."

2005-05-18 00:00:00

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