Iran calls on UK troops to pull out of Basra Friday February 17, 10:17 AM
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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister called on Britain on Friday to pull its troops out of the southern Iraqi city of Basra, saying their presence was destabilising the city.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran demands the immediate withdrawal of British forces from Basra," Manouchehr Mottaki told reporters through an interpreter during a visit to Lebanon.
"We believe that the presence of the British military forces in Basra has led to the destabilisation of the security situation in the city," he said, adding that the British presence had also negatively affected the security situation in southern Iran itself.
Mottaki was apparently referring to a spate of recent bomb attacks in southern Iran. Tehran has accused the British military in Iraq of cooperating with the bombers who killed eight people in attacks in January.
The minister also denounced what he said were human rights violations by the British forces in Basra.
Iran last month accused the British military in Iraq of cooperating with bombers who attacked targets in the Iranian oil city of Ahvaz, killing eight people.
Destabilising the city!
It was never fucking stabilised in the first place.
Is Basra in Iran.....
No doubt the amount 'lost' Iranian military munitions 'turning up' in Iraq will increase!