Prior to the generals’ arrests, the head of the Iraqi Interim Governing Council (IGC), Jalal Talabani, on 5 November called for greater checks on border crossings with its neighbours. Talabani said that ‘terrorists’ had crossed into Iraq from Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia, and that both Iraq and its neighbours should do more to stop them. In an interview with Doha-based satellite channel Al-Jazeera, Talabani said that he was not accusing Iraq’s neighbours of allowing militants to cross their borders, and hoped that relations would not suffer. He added that he hopes to travel to Iran and Turkey in November.