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US Plays Blame Game on Iran: MP

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, July 12 (ICANA) – An Iranian lawmaker says the US refuses to accept its failures in Iraq, so it seeks to blame other countries for climbing terrorism in the war-ravaged country.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 8:42:30 PM
US Plays Blame Game on Iran: MP

“All those groups carrying out terrorist attacks in Iraq are created by the US” and they intend to portray the country as insecure, said Parviz Sorouri, a member of Iran's Majlis (parliament) Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy.

Earlier on Monday US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who is on a formal visit to Iraq, said the US is “very concerned about Iran and the weapons they're providing to extremists in Iraq.”

Sorouri described remarks by Panetta as a “blatant blame game” and said the US refuses to accept its failures in Iraq so it seeks to put blame on other countries, including Iran.

Sorouri said that the US was the main reason behind rising insecurity in the region and said the US invaded Iraq under the pretext of restoring security in the country but the war brought nothing but instability to Iraq.

Iranian lawmaker Esmail Kowsari also described Panetta's remarks as “irresponsible” and said the US has raised the issue of Shia groups because “they want to continue their military presence in Iraq under the pretext of countering Iraqi Shias.”

Kowsari added that the Islamic Republic supports an independent and free Iraq, saying “Iran has repeatedly announced that the US must leave Iraq and hand over the management of the country to its people.”

The United States and its allies invaded Iraq in 2003, citing concerns over alleged weapons of mass destruction wielded by the executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's Ba'athist government.

No such weapons were ever found in Iraq. However, nearly 50,000 American troops still remain in the country.

In August 2010, the United States declared an end to its combat mandate in Iraq but left 50,000 of American troops in the country for what it called "advising and training" purposes.

The US forces, however, are expected to fully withdraw from the Iraqi soil by the end of 2011.

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