Iran Flexes Its 'Soft Power' in Iraq ; in a Sign of Warming Ties, Iran's Foreign Minister Finished a High Level, Three-Day Visit to Iraq Thursday
Scott Peterson writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most influential Shiite leader, never meets with American officials. But when Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi arrived in Iraq this week, the revered Iranian-born cleric threw open his doors.
Their meeting revealed the warmth that met the foreign minister during his three-day visit, which sometimes felt more like a family reunion than a meeting of leaders of nations that fought throughout the 1980s, at the cost of 1 million dead and wounded. The trip that ended Thursday also underscored a US policy dilemma in Iraq.
"You've got two different trajectories, and I don't think the Americans have come to this realization," …
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