US Will Now Leave
Iraq In Shame - Iran
TEHRAN (AFP) - Iraq's elections were a defeat for the United States and its forces will now have to leave the country in shame, the head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying.
"Today, almost two years after the Americans invaded Iraq, the vessel of that country's foreign policy has sunk in the quagmire of Iraq. The United States has no option but to leave that country in shame," Major General Rahim Safavi was quoted as saying Tuesday by the official news agency IRNA.
"The broad turnout of the Iraqi nation for Sunday's polls are a sign of the defeat of US policies in Iraq," he said in a meeting with visiting Lebanese Defence Minister Abudur-Rahim Murad.
Iranian officials have voiced confidence that the high turnout in Shiite areas of Iraq, despite threats of violence by Sunni insurgents, would benefit the list backed by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's highest Shiite religious authority.
The grouping is headed by Abdel Aziz Hakim, who heads the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). Before the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the group received political, financial and even military support from Iran, where it was based in exile.



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