Iran's ambassador to Baghdad has rejected U.S.
accusations that Iran is seeking to interfere in upcoming elections in Iraq.
In an interview with the French news agency, AFP,
Saturday, Ambassador Hasan Kazemi Qomi said the United States has never shown
evidence to support the claim.
ambassador to Iraq, Hassan Kazemi Qomi (file photo)
In a report earlier this month, the U.S. Defense Department said Iran may use
Iraq's provincial elections to exert its influence by supporting pro-Iranian
Iraqi and U.S. officials are hoping the January 31 elections will bring about
greater security in the country, despite rising sectarian violence in recent
In violence Saturday, at least three Iraqi policemen were killed when a suicide
car bomber drove into a police checkpoint northwest of Baghdad.
Meantime, the top U.S. Marine officer, James Conway, says the situation in Iraq
is stable enough for his forces there to be redeployed to Afghanistan, where
insurgent violence has increased.
U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a reduction of U.S. troops in Iraq,
and the doubling of forces in Afghanistan.
Some information for
this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.