US Decries Iranian Meddling

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Iran Is in Strong Position to Steer Iraq’s Political Future, NYT, 7/3/04
….Already, the Iranian government has quietly strengthened its presence in Iraq by providing financial backing…and by flooding the country with intelligence agents, the officials say….Most worrisome to American officials are Iran’s close ties to powerful Shiite clerics like Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani…and Moktada al-Sadr…
BTW: There are some Iraqi Separatists who regard the United States as a foreign power.