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Iraq's PM slams top US soldier over comments

Iraq's prime minister says America's top military commander in Iraq "risked his position" when he said Iran is trying to bribe lawmakers to vote against a security agreement between Iraq and the United States.

world Updated: Oct 17, 2008 23:12 IST

Iraq's prime minister says America's top military commander in Iraq "risked his position" when he said Iran is trying to bribe lawmakers to vote against a security agreement between Iraq and the United States.

Nouri al-Maliki says Gen. Ray Odierno also "complicated relations" when he made the comments in a Washington Post interview published Monday.

Al-Maliki's surprisingly strong-worded criticism Friday underlines the touchiness of the issue of relations between Iraqi politicians and Iran.

The United States accuses Iran of meddling in Iraq's affairs, including the arming, training and financing of Shiite militants.