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US envoy accuses Iran of training Iraqi militias

US envoy accuses Iran of training Iraqi militiasReuters – The American ambassador to Iraq accused Iran on Monday of training and providing weapons to militias operating in Iraq.

"Iran has another policy as well: to work with militias, provide training and provide weapons to extremist groups, direct and indirectly," Zalmay Khalilzad told reporters after a news conference.

In unusually blunt comments, Khalilzad said Tehran was playing a "negative role" in Iraq and said a recent call by Iran’s foreign minister for Britain to pull its troops out of the southern Iraqi city of Basra was "uncalled-for interference."

"Basra is Iraqi territory the last time I checked the map. I think that was uncalled-for interference by Iran."