Monday, January 15, 2007

Rice Defends Stepped Up U.S. Actions Against Iran

On Saturday, January 14th, 2007, Condoleezza Rice defended U.S. raids that President Bush approved against Iranian targets in Iraq, calling them part of a broader effort to confront Iran's aggression in the region.

"The United States is simply responding to Iranian activities that have been going on for a while now that threaten not just to destabilize the chance for Iraq to proceed to stability but also that endanger our forces," Rice told reporters, before meeting with Israel's foreign minister.

In echoing other Bush administration sentiments, Rice claimed the U.S. has no intentions of crossing the Iraq-Iran border to attack Iranians.

On Thursday, January 11th, Five Iranians were detained by U.S.-led forces after a raid on an Iranian government liaison office in northern Iraq.

The United States has accused Iran of helping provide roadside bombs that have killed American troops in Iraq. A standoff already exists over Iran's nuclear program.

Rice told reporters that the Iranian office was not a diplomatic consulate, which would be protected by international treaty.

The State Department said Friday that U.S.-led forces entered an Iranian building in Kurdish-controlled Irbil because information linked it to Revolutionary Guards and other Iranian elements engaging in violent activities in Iraq.

State Department spokesman Tom Casey said there was no truth to reports that Iran was carrying out legitimate diplomatic activity at the site.

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