Iran Blames U.S., Britain for Bombings

Iran’s president on Wednesday blamed “the occupiers of

Iraq” — inferring the United States and Britain — for two bombings that killed at least nine people in the southwestern city of Ahvaz. The foreign minister said the bombers were supported by the British military, which is based in southern Iraq. Ahvaz has a history of violence involving members of Iran’s Arab minority. A spokesman for British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s office called the allegations “ludicrous.” A group seeking independence for the Ahvaz region later claimed responsibility. Full Story

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