Saturday, July 09, 2005

Former foes Iran, Iraq start military cooperation

International News Article | Reuters.com: "Former foes Iran, Iraq start military cooperation
Thu Jul 7, 2005 5:08 AM ET

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TEHRAN (Reuters) - Former foes Iran and Iraq said on Thursday they would sign a military cooperation agreement which will include Iranian help in training Iraq's armed forces.

The agreement marks a considerable advance in relations between the two countries who fought a bitter 1980-1988 war and comes despite repeated U.S. accusations that Iran has undermined security in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

"It's a new chapter in our relations with Iraq. We will start wide defense cooperations," Iranian Defense Minister Admiral Ali Shamkhani told a joint news conference with visiting Iraqi counterpart Saadoun al-Dulaimi.

"We're going to form some committees which will be involved in mine clearance, identifying those missing from the war and also ... to help train, rebuild and modernise the Iraqi army."

Iran last year offered to train Iraqi border guards, but Iraq frostily declined the offer.

U.S. and Iraqi officials have often accused non-Arab Iran of stirring up instability in Iraq. Tehran denies meddling in Iraq or helping arms and foreign fighters cross its borders.

Asked about possible U.S. opposition to Iran-Iraq military cooperation, Shamkhani said: "No one can prevent us from reaching an agreement."

Iraq's al-Dulaimi echoed Shamkhani's comments.

"Nobody can dictate to Iraq its relations with other countries," he said."

AP Wire | 07/09/2005 | Iran-Iraq war vet Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam named Iran police chief

AP Wire | 07/09/2005 | Iran-Iraq war vet named Iran police chief: "Posted on Sat, Jul. 09, 2005

Iran-Iraq war vet named Iran police chief

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TEHRAN, Iran - A veteran of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war was appointed Saturday as Iran's new police chief, state-run radio reported.

Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam, an acting commander of the Basij paramilitary within Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, was appointed head of police by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Khamenei urged Moghaddam to provide security and peace for all Iranians, the radio said. The report did not provide further details.

Moghaddam fought during the Iran-Iraq war in 1980s that left more than 1 million people dead on both sides.

Earlier this year, former police chief Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf resigned to run in the June presidential election won by ultraconservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Under Iran's constitution, the supreme leader appoints major law enforcement and military commanders."