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Mullen: ‘concerned’ about Iran’s influence in Iraq

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ImageAP: America's top military officer says there's no evidence that the takeover of an oil well in southern Iraq by Iranian forces is an attempt to influence Iraq's upcoming elections. The Associated Press

ImageBAGHDAD (AP) — America's top military officer says there's no evidence that the takeover of an oil well in southern Iraq by Iranian forces is an attempt to influence Iraq's upcoming elections.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said Saturday he nonetheless remains concerned about Iran's influence over its Mideast neighbors.

Mullen told a Baghdad news conference that the United States was watching the incident at the al-Fakkah oil field on the disputed Iran-Iraq border.

But Mullen said the U.S. had no plans to intervene in the diplomatic and economic spat. He said he was encourage by the Iraqi government's steps to ease tension.

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