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Iran-UK: Britain reaches limits of diplomacy with Iran

Tony BlairDaily Telegraph, October 7 - Considering that eight British soldiers have lost their lives in Iraq this summer, the Government's reaction was bizarre. Instead of the Prime Minister or a member of his Cabinet standing up and pointing the finger of blame, it was left initially to an unnamed senior official.

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Iran-UK: British troops are pawns in Iran's vicious game

British soldier killed in IraqBy Anton La Guardia, Diplomatic Editor

Daily Telegraph, October 6 - For the past two years, the Foreign Office has done its utmost to defend Iran from American accusations that Iranian mullahs were stirring trouble in Iraq.

"On the contrary," British diplomats retorted, "Iran is being very helpful in the political process. It has an interest in stability in Iraq."

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Iran-UK: UK loses patience with Tehran

British soldier in IraqBy Christopher Adams, Roula Khalaf, Neil MacDonald and Gareth Smyth

Financial Times, October 6 - Rarely have British officials been so outspoken in criticising Iran. London has always been cautious in linking Tehran with the insurgency that has dogged efforts to rebuild Iraq after the US-led invasion. Yesterday, though, just days ahead of a crucial vote on the country's new constitution, something snapped.

The warning to Tehran that it stop interfering in its neighbour's affairs reflects long-standing western concern that elements of the Iranian regime have been in contact with Sunni insurgents and a faction of a radical Shia group.

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Iran-Iraq: How Tehran pulls the strings of insurrection

Hazim Shalan former Iraqi Defence MinisterThe Sunday Times, September 25 - As the US special forces Hercules flew low over the desert in March 2003 before landing behind enemy lines, Hazim al-Shalan prepared to step onto Iraqi soil for the first time in almost 20 years.

Shalan — the exiled leader of a Shi’ite tribe with 1m members worldwide and 250,000 in southern Iraq — had already been helping British and American intelligence for several months.

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