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US military chief foresees no war with Iran

Admiral William Fallon tells al-Jazeera 'constant drum beat of conflict not helpful'

America's top military man in the Middle East does not think the US is headed to war with Iran.


Admiral William Fallon, who heads the US Central Command, speaks out in an interview with Al-Jazeera.


Fallon says there needs to be a greater emphasis on dialogue and diplomacy.


The military commander is in Iraq today and taped his interview with the Arab cable channel Friday at its headquarters in Qatar (GUH'-tur).


Fallon decries what he says has been a "constant drum beat of conflict," calling it "not helpful and not useful."


He adds that he expects "there will be no war" and says "that is what we ought to be working for."


The US has been accusing Iran of helping insurgents in Iraq and also says it's trying to develop nuclear weapons.


Iran's president, who denies those allegations, will be in New York this week for UN meetings.


פרסום ראשון: 09.23.07, 16:42
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