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    * 2006 U.S. raid on Iranian diplomats *

    حمله ایالات متحده به دیپلمات های ایرانی 2006م

    (Wikipedia) - On December 21, 2006, the United States military raided and detained a group of Iranian officials in Iraq, including two foreign affairs officials. American forces released the officials after nine days.. The Iranian officials were in Iraq at the invitation of Iraq's president, Jalal Talabani, as part of an agreement to improve security between the two countries. It is not clear why they were detained, as no official record of the incident was reported. The Iranian diplomats were in Iraq at the invitation of Iraq's president as part of an agreement to improve security between the two countries, according to Iranian officials. "The American forces admitted, despite their initial denial, they had detained Iranian diplomats and pressure from the Iraqi government for their release fortunately bore results," said Iran's ambassador to Iraq, Hassan Kazemi-Qomi. Earlier this week a US military spokesman said the Iranians were among 10 people held following an intelligence-based operation against suspected insurgents. BAGHDAD, Dec 25 (Reuters) Iraq's president today protested the arrest by US forces in Iraq of two Iranian diplomats US officials say were seized during raids against Iranians suspected of planning attacks on Iraqi security forces.''Two Iranian diplomats were detained by the Americans,'' said Hiwa Othman, media adviser for Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.''The president is unhappy. He is talking to the Americans about it as we speak. The diplomats came to Iraq at the invitation of the president,'' Othman told Reuters. He said he was not aware if they had met with Talabani.''This move is not compatible with any international regulations and will provoke unpleasant repercussions,'' Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said, ISNA reported.

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