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Date published: 2008/03/03

The BBC says:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said the presence of foreign forces in Iraq is a humiliation and an insult to the region.

On the second day of a visit to Iraq, he said major powers should not be interfering in the region's affairs.

Mr Ahmadinejad called for the immediate withdrawal of foreign troops.

It is the first-ever visit to Iraq by an Iranian president. The two countries fought an eight-year war when Saddam Hussein invaded Iran in 1980.

Mr Ahmadinejad did not mention the US by name, but Washington still has more than 150,000 soldiers based in Iraq, nearly five years after it led the 2003 invasion.

The Iranian president and his Iraqi counterpart, Jalal Talabani, on Monday signed a number of co-operation agreements on trade and transport.

"Without the presence of the foreign troops the region will live in peace and brotherhood," Mr Ahmadinejad said.

Well, that last statement is obviously rubbish. But of course he is correct that US troops should not be in Iraq.

On the other hand, you could say that George Bush now deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. With his 3 trillion dollar illegal invasion of Iraq he has accomplished something nobody else (well, presumably even himself) thought was possible, namely the (seeming) reconciliation of the long-time enemies, Iran and Iraq.

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