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Irak er vred på Syria fordi landet lar folk fra Saddams apparat få operere fra syrisk territorium, og fordi Syria slipper gjennom jihadister. De to gruppene samarbeider sogar, og Syria snur ryggen til. Det finner ikke Irak seg lenger i, nå som de er herre i eget hus.

Problemet ble aktualisert da to selvmordsbomber utenfor Finansdepartementet i Bagdad drepte over 100 og forårsaket enorme materielle ødeleggelser.

Søndag sendte irakisk tv et opptak med en saudi-arabier som fortalte at han hadde fått opplæring i terror i Syria. Slik fungerer media nå på nasjonale premisser, i en krig der nabolandet blander seg inn.

The dispute was compounded when Iraqi authorities broadcast a confession Sunday from a detained Saudi Arabian man who said he had received militant training in Syria.

Utenriksminister Hoshyar Zebari anklaget ikke Damaskus for direkte innblanding, men for å se gjennom fingrene med terroren. Han kalte det en uvennlig handling.

Både Iran og Tyrkia har drevet skytteldiplomati for å unngå et brudd, så alvorlig er konflikten.

Syria rejected Iraqi allegations that it has been used as a launching pad for violence in Iraq, while Iraq’s foreign minister insisted Monday that Damascus turn over suspected insurgent operatives and warned failure to do so would be considered «unfriendly.»

The tension, which was sparked by deadly suicide attacks on government ministries in Baghdad less than two weeks ago, threatens to set back efforts to persuade Damascus to help Iraq. It could also complicate the Obama administration’s recent attempts to improve relations with Syria.

The U.S. has long been concerned about the infiltration of foreign fighters through Syria into Iraq and the country’s cooperation is vital for securing parts of northern Iraq where violence has remained high, such as Mosul.

The Iraqi government has blamed an alliance of al-Qaida in Iraq and Saddam Hussein loyalists it says are based in Syria for the Aug. 19 ministry bombings, which killed about 100 people. Iraq has demanded that Syria extradite the suspects, but Damascus has claimed the allegations are politically motivated and demanded proof.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu shuttled between Iraq and Syria on Monday trying to reduce tension, but the two countries continued to trade accusations.

Syrian President Bashar Assad sharply criticized Iraq for linking his country to the bombings without providing the evidence that Syria has demanded.

«When Syria is accused of killing Iraqis at a time it’s hosting around 1.2 million Iraqis … the least that can be said about this accusation is that it’s immoral,» Assad said Monday during a joint press conference in Damascus with visiting Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias.

«It is unacceptable to have irresponsible accusations (against Syria) that hurt the developing path of Syrian Iraqi relations,» Assad said later during a meeting with Davutoglu, according to the official Syrian Arab News Agency.


Syria, Iraq accuse each other of worsening tension