Iranian President Ahmadinejad to make landmark visit to Iraq
Sunday, March 2, 2008
The trip is expected to be both symbolic and aiding in Baghdad-Iran relations, which are both predominately Shia. It will be closely watched by the United States, who already has over 150,000 troops in Iraq.
Iran and Iraq fought each other in a 1980s war that cost one million lives, an effective stalemate, and torn Iraqi-Iranian relations. Relations have improved since Saddam Hussein and his Ba'ath Party were overthrown in 2003.
"It will surely help strengthen the Iraqi nation and the government ... and peace and security in the region," Ahmadinejad told Iranian state television. "Withdrawal of the occupying forces is in everyone's advantage," he added.
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