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Iraq War 2003: Background, Lessons and Follow-On

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December 16, 2004

Iraq Government Makes Definitive Statement Accusing Iran of Terrorist Attacks

Iraq's Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan on December 15, 2004, accused Iran of orchestrating terrorist attacks in Iraq, noting: “Iran is the most dangerous enemy of Iraq and all Arabs. The source of terrorism in Iraq is Iran." However, he said, Iran was not operating alone. "Terrorism is Iraq is orchestrated by Iranian intelligence, Syrian intelligence and Saddam loyalists. The financing and training of the terrorists comes from Syria and Iran."