Iran is Ready to Fill Power Vacuum in Iraq

Ahmadinejad chides US, dismisses threat of action against Iran
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2007 2:12 PM CDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks with media during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007. Ahmadinejad reiterated Tuesday that Tehran has achieved full proficiency in the...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech today that Iran is ready to fill a coming power vacuum in Iraq. "The political power of the occupiers is collapsing rapidly," said the leader, who earlier this month assured Nouri al-Maliki that Iran would be happy to help stabilize Iraq after a US pullout.

Ahmadinejad also dismissed the possibility of an American attack on Iran, and mocked those in the US who criticize PM al-Maliki. "Who are you? Who has given you the right?" he asked, appearing to agree with President Bush for one of the few times in history.