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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Iraq Denies Infighting

BAGHDAD, Iraq () -- An Iraqi government spokesman Thursday ridiculed U.S. statements alleging a power struggle in Baghdad, saying they were a "distortion and propaganda ploy against Iraq."

"It seems the operating crew of information that lies in Washington has resumed its tasks of misleading the public opinion in the United States and renewing fear among Kuwaiti rulers," the spokesman said in a statement published by the official Iraqi News Agency.

In Washington on Wednesday, State Department spokesman Mike McCurry, following suggestions of instability in Iraq by a senior U.S. military official, offered a terse but carefully worded assessment of the situation in Baghdad.

"There are a great deal of complicated internal struggles for power" going on, McCurry said.