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Iran Responsible for Hundreds of Fallen US Troops in Iraq: Official

US Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, has accused Iran of being behind the killing of hundreds of US troops in Iraq after 2003.

“In Iraq, I can announce today, based on declassified US military reports, that Iran is responsible for the deaths of at least 608 American service members,” Sputnik quoted Hook.

“This accounts for 17 percent of all deaths of US personnel in Iraq from 2003 to 2011.”

The official also claimed that militia groups under the command of Tehran are also responsible for many civilian lives in Iraq, saying that Tehran is working to bring Baghdad under its full control.

According to Hook, the recent visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Baghdad was also part of the plan to spread Iran’s hegemony on Iraq. Source