Saturday, May 12, 2007


Fears of Iranian-influenced outbreak of violence in Basra

(Stratfor) - Iranian influence in Basra, Iraq, is spreading fears of an outbreak of armed conflict between parties in the city, Saudi news Web site Elaph reported May 11. Bassam Sharif, deputy head of the parliamentary coalition of the Fadhila party, confirmed the existence of groups trying to destabilize the situation in Basra by smuggling in weapons.

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