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US general: Iran-backed groups biggest Iraq threat

A senior US military officer says Iranian-backed militias present the most dangerous security threat for Iraq, outpacing al-Qaeda-linked terrorists there.

 

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, the senior US military spokesman in Iraq, says the Shiite militias are working to keep the Baghdad government weak and isolated. He says decisions on the number and types of attacks by the militias are made inside Iran, including through ties with the powerful Quds force.

 


First published: 08.16.11, 21:54