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Iran, Iraq To Strengthen Security Ties

Iraqi National Security Advisor Muwaffaq al-Rubay'i (file photo) (epa) October 15, 2006 -- Iraq and Iran have agreed to form a working group to forge closer security and intelligence ties.

Iraq's cabinet said in a statement today that an agreement had been reached by Iraqi National Security Advisor Muwaffaq al-Rubay'i and Iranian Intelligence and Security Minister Gholam Hussein Mohseni-Ejei.

The United States has expressed concern over what it describes as Iran's role in fuelling violence in Iraq.


Iraq And Iran

Iraq And Iran

Iranian Shi'a protesting the Golden Mosque Bombing in Iraq on February 24

WHAT IS GOING ON? On March 8, RFE/RL's Washington office hosted a roundtable discussion on relations between Iraq and Iran. Although most analysts agree that Iran has been actively involved in Iraq since the U.S.-led military operation to oust former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, they continue to debate the nature, extent, and intent of that involvement.
The RFE/RL briefing featured WAYNE WHITE, former deputy director of the U.S. State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research's Office of Analysis for the Near East and South Asia, and A. WILLIAM SAMII, RFE/RL's regional analyst for Iran and editor of the "RFE/RL Iran Report."


Listen to the complete RFE/RL briefing (about 75 minutes):
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