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Petraeus report will not save U.S. from Iraqi quagmire: Iran FM Spokesman

TEHRAN, Sept. 12 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Crocker-Petraeus report will not save the United States from the "Iraqi quagmire", Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said in an statement in Tehran on Wednesday.

Commander of U.S. forces in Iraq General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker delivered a report on Iraq security condition to the U.S. Congress on Monday.

"The report does not reflect the real demands and priorities of the majority of the U.S. citizens," Hosseini stated.

It does not appease the tragedy of loss of lives and the problems caused by the financial pressure on U.S. taxpayers, and it does not soothe the "pain, troubles, and anxieties of the American society, especially the families of U.S. soldiers," he added.

Petraeus also claimed Iran was using its special forces to fight a "proxy war against the Iraqi state and coalition forces in Iraq."

"Such accusations can not transfer the heavy responsibility for the mistakes and tactless actions of U.S. leaders to Iraq's neighboring countries," Hosseini explained.

The Bush administration wants to transfer most of its problems to others, convince the representatives of the U.S. citizens in Congress to continue the occupation, and decrease the growing pressure on the ruling establishment which advocates war, he noted.

It was clear from the very start that this report was prepared in line with the future electoral situation in the U.S. and served the needs of the neo-conservatives to justify a continued occupation of Iraq, he stated.

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