Iran urged Iraqis to end their fighting. Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told reporters in Tehran today that Iran does not regard the recent clashes as being in the interest of the people of Iraq and “calls for a speedy end to the clashes.”
Some analysts in Iran believe that the coordinated and unprovoked attack on Mahdi Army is a precursor to an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The US needed to weaken the Mahdi Army and its retaliatory capabilities.
On Friday, President Bush gave his full support for Iraqi operations against the Mahdi Army, calling it a “clear message” to Iran that it could not have its way in the Middle East.
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