Friday, September 7, 2007

Iraq Press Roundup

by Hiba Dawood from UPI

Kurdish Al Ahali newspaper quoted the head of the Iraqi National Congress, Ahmad Chalabi, as saying: "The U.S. administration is calling for disarming the militias but at the same time they have armed 12,000 Sunni tribesmen in and around Baghdad led by officers from Saddam's National Guard forces. In the meantime, the U.S. ignored the Iraqi government's opposition to this decision." He also accused neighboring countries of adding to the instability in Iraq. "Saudi Arabia and Jordan don't directly support terrorism, but they host groups who issue fatwas that encourages terrorism in Iraq," he said. "Syria thinks that the U.S. might use Iraq as a means against them in regard to Lebanon and Israel. Iran thinks the U.S. might use Iraq as a base to attack them. And Turkey is afraid of PKK actions," he said.

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