An Iranian diplomat has been kidnapped in Iraq, the Iranian embassy in Baghdad has confirmed.

The embassy said Fereidoun Jahani was seized on Wednesday as he travelled from Baghdad to the Shia Muslim holy city of Karbala, in central Iraq.

He had been due to start work there as the Iranian consul.

News of the abduction came as Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi made a surprise visit to nearby Najaf to order militants to disarm. More

No doubt Iraq and Iran will be at it again. Now that the old regime is gone, there may be some old scores to settle. We suspect this is not the first or last incident we will hear about in coming days. Don’t you find this twist interesting ? Iran will not doubt pursue nukes for fear of a permanent U.S. presence in Iraq during the next decade.