Ayatollah says US military is Iraq’s top problem

By David Edwards
Monday, June 9, 2008 7:33 EDT
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Iranian state television says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has told Iraq’s prime minister that the U.S. military is Baghdad’s biggest problem.

State TV quoted Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, as telling Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Monday that occupiers who interfere with Iraq’s affairs through their “military and security might” is the number one issue facing Iraq.

During his visit to Iran, al-Maliki has tried to persuade the country’s leaders to back off their opposition to a proposed security pact with the U.S.

He has promised that Iraq will not be a launching pad for any attack on neighboring Iran.

RAW STORY has more details on Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s meeting with Iranian leaders here.

This video is from CNN and BBC, broadcast June 9, 2008.

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(with wire reports)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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