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Gates Denies Targeting Of Iran

Robert Gates (file photo) (NATO) February 16, 2007 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has insisted the White House is not looking for an excuse to go to war against Iran.

His comments came as Washington backed away from remarks made by senior U.S. military officials that the Iranian government is involved in arming insurgents in Iraq.

Gates echoed President George W. Bush, who said the U.S. government did not know if Iran's top leadership were involved in arming Iraqi militants.

(Reuters, AP)

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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