Iraq: Nine suspects, three soldiers killed as Iran-U.S. talks delayed

Published March 6th, 2008 - 11:39 GMT

American and Iraqi forces killed nine suspects and detained eight others in a raid targeting al-Qaeda in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said Thursday. Three Iraqi troops were killed in the operation, the AP reported.


Meanwhile, an Iranian delegation left the Iraqi capital for home on Thursday without holding talks with officials from the United States on the security situation in Iraq, an Iranian official said. "The delegation has left Baghdad because the Americans refused to conduct any negotiations," the official close to Tehran's negotiators told AFP.


Delegation head Reza Amiri Moghaddam had been quoted by the Iranian media as saying a new round of talks would be held on Thursday in Baghdad, but both US and Iraqi officials denied any such dialogue had been scheduled. "The government of Iraq was busy with the visit of the Iranian president and there was no time to fix the date for the talks. There were no talks fixed for today," Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told AFP.


US embassy spokesman Philip Reeker also said there were "no trilateral talks today."


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