Thursday, March 16, 2006

US may talk with Iran about Iraq

Threats Watch reports today that the US is willing to consider holding narrow talks with Iran about Iraq. White House press secretary Scott McClellan said the talks would only concern the situation in Iraq and would not address the topic of Iranian nukes. Iraqi Shi'a leader Abdul Aziz al Akim called for the talks yesterday. Hakim, who is a major player in the current talks in forming a new Iraqi government, heads the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). Hakim also commands SCIRI's militia, the Badr Brigade. US ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad would likely be the key player in any talks. Threats Watch has confidence in Khalilzad to more than hold his own in any talks with the Iranians:

All things considered, if the United States is going to engage in any direct talks with the Iranians, that Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad will be at the epicenter is very reassuring. American interests with regards to Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan could lie in no more capable hands. Any other point man would be cause for concern.

I'll agree with that assessment.

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