Iraq: No link between UK troops, Iranian captives

Events concerning Iranian officials that occurred prior to the release of the 15 British sailors released by Iran "are not linked in any way" said Hoshyar Zebari, Iraq's chief diplomat, France's Le Monde reported Thursday. According to the report, the release of the captured crew had "nothing to do with" that of Jalal Sharafi, who disappeared in Iraq two months ago, nor with the arrest on January 11 of the five Iranian diplomats, who the West claimed were members of Iran's revolutionary guard. Baghdad, London, Teheran and Washington all say that it was a simple coincidence the report said, and that there "were no negotiations, and no arrangements made."