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Washington Warns of Iran's Influence in Middle East

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TEHRAN, March 3 (ICANA) – As developments unfold in the strife-torn Middle East, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned against Iran's regional sway which could 'shape' events in the region.
Thursday, March 03, 2011 1:19:14 PM
Washington Warns of Iran's Influence in Middle East

"They are doing everything they can to influence the outcomes [of events] in these places," Clinton told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.

The top US diplomat claimed that Iran is communicating with opposition groups in Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen to achieve its ends, AFP reported.

“They are using Hezbollah (Lebanon's Islamic resistance movement)…to communicate with counterparts ... in (the Palestinian movement) Hamas who then in turn communicate with counterparts in Egypt," she went on to say.

"Most people want us to be helpful but they don't want us to be taking a leading role, and so how we deliver on the aid they're seeking without looking as though we're trying to take over their revolution is our challenge," she pointed out.

This comes as officials and people in the Middle East and North Africa have repeatedly warned against the US interference in the region.

On February 21, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei warned against efforts by Western powers to “hijack” popular movements in Islamic countries.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also warned the United States and its allies on Wednesday against a “military” interference in the region, urging them to stop their moves.

“If you have military interference in North Africa and the Middle East once again, regional nations will stand up and dig graves for your soldiers,” said President Ahmadinejad in Iran's western province of Lorestan.

Latest media reports suggest that the United States and its allies may be paving the way for military intervention in troubled Libya.

The US Senate has recently passed a resolution calling for a no-fly zone over crisis-hit Libya.

The US Senate Armed Services Committee said all options, including the military option, should be on the table.

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