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Iraqis Claim Foreign Pressure Preventing Syria Probe

BAGHDAD -- An Iraqi politician says that Baghdad's efforts to create a tribunal to investigate terrorist attacks in the country are being stymied by the United States, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.

Mohammed Naji, a representative of the Unified Iraqi Alliance, told RFI on September 30 that he thinks Washington is opposed to the commission because it might complicate its relations with Syria.

Other members of Unified Iraqi Alliance said Iraq is also being pressured by Iran and Turkey not to investigate the attacks, including a high-profile strike on Baghdad last month that left some 100 people dead.

Kurdish parliamentary deputy Mohsen al-Saadun called on the Iraqi government to resist pressure from the Americans and others, saying that their resistance only heightens questions concerning Syria's role in such attacks.