Ahmadinejad Says U.S. Tried to Kill Him

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CBNNews.com - TEHERAN, Iran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a group of Shi'ite Muslim clerics that the US planned to assassinate him in March when he visited Baghdad.

Ahmadinejad's remarks were posted on the Islamic Republic's presidential Web site.

According to Ahmadinejad, the "enemies" were unable to carry out the alleged plot when trips to the Shit'ite cities of Karbala and Najaf were cancelled out of concern for his safety.

While the Web site did not specifically name the US as the source of the plot, Iranian state television said Ahmadinejad "unveiled a shocking story THAT Americans had intended to kidnap him during his trip to Iraq."

Ahmadinejad was the first Iranian leader to travel to Baghdad since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

While in Iraq, the diminutive president stayed near the home of President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, and Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, head of Iraq's largest Shi'ite party.

Both Talabani and al-Hakim maintain close ties with Iran, according to an Iraqi security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Members of the Shi'ite Badr movement and Kurdish peshmerga fighters provided security for Ahmadinejad's visit, instead of the Iraqi army or police force, he said.

Source: The Associated Press

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