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Sunday, August 08, 2004

Iran ‘sending men to fight’ in holy city

August 8, 2004
THE mayor of Najaf, scene of some of the most bitter fighting in Iraq since the official end of the war last year, yesterday accused Iran of encouraging the violence by sending weapons and men to confront American forces in the shadow of the holy city’s shrines.

Adnan al-Zurfi said that Iranian fighters had been captured during three days of running battles and that hundreds of local militiamen had been armed by Iran.

If confirmed, the development will reflect American fears that Iran is meddling in its neighbour’s affairs with the covert aim of setting up a radical Shi’ite state. ... FR Reprint.

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