Sunday, June 13, 2004

U.S. officials said the US and Iran share the long-term goal of a stable Iraq (washingtonpost.com)

U.S. Wary as Iran Works to Increase Influence in Iraq (washingtonpost.com):

"U.S. officials said the United States and Iran share the long-term goal of a stable, secular and unified Iraq where leaders are selected in democratic elections, because Iraq's Shiite majority would almost certainly give Shiite leaders a decisive edge. Iranian analysts agreed.
'If things deteriorate security-wise and the danger of ethnic tensions increases, it would create an unstable neighborhood, and the Americans might stay. Then the whole idea of Shiite influence and power will diminish, and chaos becomes a danger. And the last thing Iran wants is chaos, whether the U.S. stays or leaves,' said M. Hadi Semati, a Tehran University political scientist now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
But Iran's involvement in Iraq is not a"

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