Top U.S. Commander: Iran Still Supports Iraq Attacks

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The top U.S. military commander in Iraq says that Iran still supports and trains militants who carry out attacks — mostly with mortars and sophisticated roadside bombs — inside Iraq.

Gen. Ray Odierno says the attacks have been reduced but are still a problem.
He spoke on Tuesday at his base outside of Baghdad, as Iraqi forces took control of security in the Iraqi capital and other urban areas.

June 30 was the deadline for American troops to pull out of Iraqi cities under a U.S.-Iraqi security pact. The pullout was completed on Monday.

Odiero says Tehran is "still supporting, funding and training surrogates inside Iraq" and that he believes "many of the attacks in Baghdad are in fact done by individuals supported by Iran."

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