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US commander: No hostile act from Iran observed in Iraq

Paris, Feb 5, IRNA - The US commander in Iraqi central province of Diyala has said he witnessed no hostile act from Iranian side in the region during the past 10 months, a French weekly reported on Monday.

The Paris-based magazine, Le Point, quoted Colonel Ronald Ward as saying that during his ten-month stay in the Iraqi province he had witnessed no preparation of the US military forces for carrying out a border operation.

Despite the US media reports, the American troops have not been preparing to carry out any military operation along border areas in this central province, the US colonel stressed.

Meanwhile, US intelligence official in Diyala has strongly rejected any relationship between Iran and the terrorist group of Al-Qaeda.

Brigadier-General Scott Pettinger said what he saw in that province was completely contradictory to what being claimed by Washington against Iran.

Pettinger said that no Iranian agent has ever been arrested in Diyala.

He also said no cases of transferring money or weapon from Iran to Iraq has ever been witnessed in the region.

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