Iranian envoy in Baghdad criticizes US operation in Sadr City

The Iranian ambassador to Iraq has criticized the US military's operation in Baghdad's main Shi'ite district of Sadr City. Iranian Ambassador Hassan Kazemi Qomi says "the insistence of the Americans to lay siege" on the district has led to the killing of several innocent people and "is a mistake." Qomi says the Iranians support the Iraqi government's offensive against Shi'ite militias in the southern city of Basra. But he warns the American operations in Sadr City "will aggravate the situation" and the Iraqi government will bear responsibility for that.