[QODLink]
Inside Story
US points finger at Iran for Iraq violence
The US defence secretary has warned his country will take unilateral military action against Shia groups armed by Iran.
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2011 09:44



Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, has made some strong remarks during his first visit to Iraq since taking the job, blaming Iran for the latest violence against US troops in the country.

His comments have infuriated some inside Iraq, as well as in neighbouring Iran. He even went as far as warning that his country would take unilateral military action against Shia groups armed by Iran.  

Around 46,000 US troops remain in Iraq, but they ended combat operations almost a year ago.

So, just how much truth is there to Panetta's accusations and what could be the repercussions of the unilateral action he has warned the US could take?

We also take a look at the armed Shia groups in Iraq and ask if Iran is really supplying them with weapons.

Inside Story with presenter Laura Kyle, discusses with guests: Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi-American political analyst and blogger; Sadegh Zibakalam, a professor of politics at Tehran Univeristy; and Arash Aramesh, an Iran researcher for US-based thinktank the Century Foundation.

This episode of Inside Story aired from Wednesday, July 13, 2011.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Indonesia's digerati could be crucial to success in the country's upcoming presidential election.
How Brazil's football legend turned every Corinthians' match into a political meeting for democracy.
As the Pakistani army battles Taliban forces, civilians in North Waziristan face an arduous escape for relative safety.
Nepalese trade in a libido-boosting fungus is booming but experts warn over-exploitation could destroy ecosystem.
Featured
Consumption of traditional nutritional staples such as salmon, moose and bear has fallen in recent generations.
Palestinian families fear Israel's night-time air strikes, as the civilian death toll soars in the Gaza Strip.
China still uses labour camps to silence democracy activists and others it considers malcontents.
Myanmar's Karen veterans of WWII, despite being abandoned by the British, recall their service with fondness.
Sri Lanka refugees stranded on a boat near Australia's shoreline are in legal limbo and fear torture if sent home.
join our mailing list