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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-08 04:57 PM
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Maliki Aide's Statement Came After U.S. Call
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Source: WP

By Dan Eggen

The statement by an aide to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki calling his remarks in Der Spiegel "misinterpreted and mistranslated" followed a call to the prime minister's office from U.S. government officials in Iraq.

Maliki had expressed support for a withdrawal plan similar to that of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama in an interview with Der Speigel.

But after the Spiegel interview was published and began generating headlines Saturday, officials at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad contacted Maliki's office to express concern and seek clarification on the remarks, according to White House spokesman Scott Stanzel.

Later in the day, a Maliki aide released a statement saying the remarks had been misinterpreted, though without citing specific comments.

Read more: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/07/20/mal...
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