Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Another Iranian Diplomat Seized

The provocations just keep-a-comin'.

"The Iranian government condemned the seizure of Jalal Sharafi, the second secretary at the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad, saying he was seized Sunday by gunmen who "operate under the supervision of the American forces in Iraq," the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

The incident comes as tensions have been rising between Iran and the United States and the Shiite-led Iraqi government has shown increasing impatience with both sides for letting their disagreements spill over the border, with the U.S. detentions of at least eight Iranians in recent months."

The guy, actually high up in the diplomatic scheme of things was visiting a bank that's being opened up by the Iranians in Iraq. The assailants were wearing army issue uniforms and were driving american vehicles. However, according to this version from Faux, Iraqi police didn't get the message that this offical kidnapping was supposed to go down:

"Iraqi police, apparently suspecting that a kidnapping was taking place, opened fire on the second vehicle and detained the occupants, according to the official. He added that the men who had been detained were released Monday into the custody of members of the unit, who showed official badges and said they need to transfer the suspects to another police station."

I'd sure like to know the nationalities of the kidnappers.


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