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Iran keeps pledge to thwart Iraqi arms

Dec. 17, 2007 at 12:19 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Iran appears to be keeping its October promise to help stop arms heading into Iraq, top-ranking U.S. officials said.

Some in Washington said they wonder whether decreasing violence in Iraq -- including a 50 percent drop in Iranian-linked roadside bombings -- may be due to Iran's efforts to squelch the movement of arms, USA Today said.

"Maybe the more pragmatic side of their thinking has started to emerge and maybe they're less worried about Bush pushing for regime change in the last year of his presidency," Michael O'Hanlon, an Iraq expert at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, told USA Today.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James Simmons and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari have both said Iran seems to be keeping its pledge to help stabilize Iraq.

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