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Gates: Iran supplying arms to Iraqi Shiite groups

Published: 06.19.11, 17:00 / Israel News

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says Shiite extremists, not al-Qaida terrorists, are to blame for most of the recent US military deaths in Iraq, and they're "clearly getting some fairly sophisticated and powerful weapons" from Iran.


Gates tells CNN's "State of the Union" that he's worried about the Iranian influence in Iraq and he thinks Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is beginning to take these Shiite groups seriously. Gates says that the US and Iraq are taking steps to try to limit the threat. (AP)



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