Friday, August 27, 2004

Iran accuses US of sowing hatred in Iraq "Iran accuses US of sowing hatred in Iraq

Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel said Tuesday the United States was sowing hatred in Iraqi Muslims by attacking the Shiite holy city of Najaf,the official IRNA news agency reported.
'The United States sows the seed of hatred by violating the sanctity of the first Shiite Imam Ali's mausoleum and they will certainly suffer the consequences,'Adel was quoted as saying.
'Despite the ongoing attacks and violation of the sanctity of the holy sites in Iraq,the wave of Muslims'awareness has expanded throughout the world and would continue in the future,'Adel said.
'The more the United States increases its violation,the more Islamic uprising and fighting would expand.Muslims would vigorously defend their lofty ideas,'Adel said,adding that 'we resolutely condemn any attack on the holy sites.'
Conflicts between the US-led occupying forces and radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr's militiamen have raged in Najaf for nearly three weeks,during which hundreds were killed and thousands wounded.
The interim Iraqi government issued on Tuesday an ultimatum for Sadr's army to lay down weapons,otherwise they would face a major military offensive."


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