Ahmadinejad Says U.S. Planned to Kidnap, Murder Him in Iraq

Ahmadinejad Says U.S. Planned to Kidnap, Murder Him in Iraq

Camilla Hall
Bloomberg News
June 19, 2008

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused U.S. forces in Iraq of planning to kidnap and assassinate him when he visited the country in March, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency said.

Ahmadinejad, 51, refused to reside in Baghdad’s Green Zone, protected by U.S. forces, the news agency cited the president as saying during a seminar today. According to reliable information, they intended to detain and kill him, IRNA cited Ahmadinejad as saying.

The U.S. has repeatedly accused predominantly Shiite Muslim Iran of passing weapons to Shiite militias in Iraq, a charge denied by the government in Tehran. The U.S. has also accused Iran of seeking to build an atomic bomb under cover of a nuclear energy program, an allegation also dismissed by Ahmadinejad’s administration.

“Based on reliable intelligence, the enemies had planned to kidnap and kill the servant’’ of the Iranian nation during the Iraq trip, Agence France-Presse cited Ahmadinejad as saying on state television today. “But with the change of one or two of our plans, their willpower was shaken.’’


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