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British defence secretary calls for countries to support, not impede Iraq

British Defence Secretary John Reid called on Iran and other countries in the region to “support rather than impede” Iraq’s move towards democracy. In a speech in central London, Reid highlighted the ongoing security challenges for US-led coalition forces, particularly the “mixed loyalties” in the local police force in the south, where he has spent the last three days. In a question-and-answer session after his address, the minister said that aside from the “natural historical connections” of Shia Islam, there were also similarities with the Islamic Republic’s support for extremist groups. Full Story

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