(Iraq Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria)
Now, this is a fine mess.
The U.S. raided a Consulate like facility and detained five Iranian nationals in northern Iraq. U.S. intelligence apparently worried that the five Iranians were aiding insurgents inside Iraq.
Iraq’s Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, has now confirmed the diplomatic status of these detainees and the mission in Northern Iraq and called for their release.
This should be an interesting test of the reality of Iraqi sovereignty — and will no doubt cause a number of ulcers among U.S. military now ordered to disrupt and attack Iranian operations inside Iraq — and perhaps beyond.
— Steve Clemons