LONDON – Iraq’s interim government has evidence that neighboring countries have helped Iraqi insurgents and will publish its findings this week, a senior minister was quoted as saying Sunday.
In an interview with the London-based Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Iraq had intelligence showing that foreign nations had provided financial support, logistical assistance and training to militants who have waged a campaign of bombings, shootings and kidnappings since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
He did not name the countries, but the newspaper said Iraqi officials have pointed to Syria and Iran.
“Since we started to look at the security situation, we have seen how foreign governments have been helping terrorists,” Zebari was quoted as saying. “Why they are doing it we cannot say, but we know where the support is coming from. We have plans to put this before the public within days and it will have a substantial impact.
“Foreign support for terrorists is ongoing,” he added. “But it will backfire on those governments. A stable and peaceful Iraq is a better neighbor for them.”