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Iraq FM defends detained Iranians

Five Iranians detained by U.S.-led forces were working in a decade-old government liaison office that was in the process of being upgraded to a consulate, the Iraqi foreign minister said Friday. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said the building where the Iranians were detained Thursday had operated with Iraqi government approval for 10 years. “We are now in the process of changing these offices to consulates,” he said. “It is not a new office. This liaison office has been there for a long time.” He also echoed concerns the U.S. and Iran were dragging Iraq into their fight. Full Story

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