Greek car fired on in Iraq

Greece was swept up in the violence that continues to erupt in Iraq after a Greek Embassy car came under fire in Baghdad yesterday with the driver, the only passenger in the vehicle, escaping unhurt from the incident. Foreign Ministry spokesman Giorgos Koumoutsakos was quick to play down the incident yesterday, saying that the shooting was not aimed at hurting Greece’s diplomatic efforts in the country. «There were no other passengers in the embassy’s car, apart from the driver who is safe and unhurt,» said Koumoutsakos. «The car did not bear any flags or any other markings,» he added. A strong opponent to the war, Greece does not have any military presence in Iraq. It is, however, involved in a program for training Iraqi security forces and recently agreed to transport equipment to Iraq on its commercial cargo ships.

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