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Senior MP Terms Libya "New Quagmire for US"

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, March 7 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian legislator warned Washington against a military intervention in Libya, saying that the North African country would become another quagmire for the US forces after Afghanistan and Iraq.
Monday, March 07, 2011 7:33:18 PM
Senior MP Terms Libya "New Quagmire for US"

"Americans wanted to have a permanent presence in Iraq and Afghanistan through invading those countries, but we are now witnessing that they have been bugged down in a horrible quagmire in both countries and are, eventually, leaving the region," member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Avaz Heidarpour told FNA on Monday.

"They (the Americans) should rest assured that Libya will be another quagmire for them," he added.

Heidarpour described West's interference in the region as futile, and said previous experience shows that any foreign interference in the internal affairs of the other countries would yield no result and that it is only the will of the people which decides the fate of any given nation.

The US has said it is closely monitoring the situation in Libya and is in constant touch with its allies like NATO on possible actions against the Gaddafi regime, as it dispatched two military aircrafts to the region.

The Pentagon, which has dispatched considerable air and naval assets to the region along with 400 marines, said it is closely monitoring the situation in Libya.

Pentagon spokesman Col Dave Lapan said the Pentagon is in constant contact with its other allies, including NATO and Europe.

"We are still with options on the table. The overall operation is called Operation Odyssey Dawn," Lapan said.

Meantime, the situation for the US forces deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan is growing worse on a daily basis.

According to the reports by the US officials, nearly 4,500 US soldiers were killed and nearly 32,000 wounded since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Meantime, the United States' most senior military officer warned recently that things are going to be worse in Afghanistan this year than in 2010.

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said while Taliban leaders have been eliminated in the provinces of Kandahar and Helmand, the gains were "tenuous and fragile".

"As difficult as it may be to accept, we must prepare ourselves for more violence and more casualties in coming months," Mullen said.

More than 700 NATO troops were killed in fighting in Afghanistan in 2010. American forces will start pulling out of Afghanistan in July.

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