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UAE summons Iraq envoy to protest Saudi terror accusations

The United Arab Emirates summoned Iraq's ambassador on Wednesday to protest accusations by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that Saudi Arabia was supporting terrorism, state media reported. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash handed ambassador Mowafak Mahdi Abboud a memorandum protesting Maliki's "claims that Saudi Arabia supports terrorism," the official WAM news agency said.

Saudi slams 'irresponsible' terror accusations by Iraq PM

Saudi Arabia slammed as "aggressive and irresponsible" on Monday accusations by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that the kingdom was supporting global terrorism. "The kingdom condemns the aggressive and irresponsible statements made by the Iraqi prime minister," an unidentified official told the state SPA news agency. In an interview aired on Saturday, Maliki charged that Saudi Arabia and neighbouring Qatar were supporting militant groups in Iraq and across the Middle East as well as terrorism worldwide.

Saudi Arabia rejects Maliki's charges on funding Iraqi militants

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia on Monday rejected accusations by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that Riyadh and Qatar are funding Sunni Muslim insurgents his troops are battling in Iraq's western Anbar province. Maliki's remarks to France 24 television late on Saturday appeared to play to Iraqi fears of meddling by Sunni Arab states as he tries to burnish his image as a defender of Shi'ite-majority Iraq before elections next month.

Saudi slams 'irresponsible' terror charges by Iraq PM

Saudi Arabia on Monday slammed as "aggressive and irresponsible" accusations by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that the kingdom was supporting global terrorism. "The kingdom condemns the aggressive and irresponsible statements made by the Iraqi prime minister," an unidentified official told the SPA state news agency. In an interview aired on Saturday, Maliki charged that Saudi Arabia and neighbouring Qatar were supporting militant groups in Iraq and across the Middle East as well as terrorism worldwide.

Saudi slams 'irresponsible' terror accusations by Iraq PM

Saudi Arabia slammed as "aggressive and irresponsible" on Monday accusations by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that the kingdom was supporting global terrorism. "The kingdom condemns the aggressive and irresponsible statements made by the Iraqi prime minister," an unidentified official told the state SPA news agency. In an interview aired on Saturday, Maliki charged that Saudi Arabia and neighbouring Qatar were supporting militant groups in Iraq and across the Middle East as well as terrorism worldwide. bur-ak/kir

Saudi Arabia backs global 'terrorism': Iraq PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki accused Saudi Arabia of supporting global "terrorism," both inside the Arab world and in other countries, in an interview broadcast Saturday. Maliki, in an interview with France 24, slammed "the dangerous Saudi stance" of supporting "terrorism in the world -- it supports it in Syria and Iraq and Lebanon and Egypt and Libya and even in countries outside" the Arab world. mah-wd/psr/hkb

Iraqi leaders give conflicting answers on reported Iran arms deal

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi officials gave contradictory accounts on Tuesday about whether or not Baghdad had agreed to buy $195 million worth of arms and ammunition from Iran as reported by Reuters, a deal that if confirmed could damage Iraqi-U.S. relations. The Defence Ministry denied any such deal had been done, while a senior Iraqi government lawmaker who heads parliament's security and defence committee said Baghdad had bought "some light weapons and ammunition" from Tehran.

US Congress should reconsider Iraq helicopters after Iran report: McCain

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain said on Tuesday a proposed agreement to sell 24 Apache attack helicopters to Iraq should be reconsidered because of a Reuters report that Iran has signed a deal to sell Iraq arms and ammunition worth $195 million. "The Apache sale has got to be on the table. We've got to discuss it," the Republican Arizona senator said when asked about whether the arms sale would affect the plan to sell the Boeing Co. helicopters to Iraq.

Exclusive: Iraq signs deal to buy arms, ammunition from Iran - document

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iran has signed a deal to sell Iraq arms and ammunition worth $195 million, according to documents seen by Reuters - a move that would break a U.N. embargo on weapons sales by Tehran. The agreement was reached at the end of November, the documents showed, just weeks after Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki returned from Washington, where he lobbied the Obama administration for extra weapons to fight al Qaeda-linked militants.

Iraqi army fights to wrest northern town from militants

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi troops backed by helicopter gunships fought on Saturday to retake full control of a northern town from militants who overran parts of it earlier this week, the mayor and other local officials said. Talib Mohammed, the mayor of Sulaiman Pek, 160 km (100 miles) north of Baghdad, said the army had met fierce resistance in some parts of the town, after gaining some ground on Friday.
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