John on July 2, 2007 at 11:07 am
It has been rumored and suggested for some time now, but yesterday the US held a press conference announcing that senior levels of the Iranian Quds force were aware of and helped plan the Karbala attack in January:
Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Bergner, the military spokesman, also said that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has used operatives from the Lebanese militia group Hezbollah as a “proxy” to train and arm Shiite militants in Iraq.
American military officials have long asserted that the Quds Force, an elite unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, has trained and equipped Shiite militants in Iraq. The Americans have also cited extensive intelligence indicating that Iran has supplied Shiite militants with the most lethal type of roadside bomb in Iraq, a bomb called the explosively formed penetrator, which is capable of piercing an armored vehicle.
Here’s the money quote from the NY Times article:
In effect, American officials are charging that Iran has been engaged in a proxy war against American forces for years, though officials today sought to confine their comments to the specific incidents covered in their briefing.
All the usual statements about the Times having its head up its collective rear end apply. Also announced at the same press briefing was the capture of Ali Musa Daqduq, a senior leader of Hezbollah who has been training Iraqi insurgents. According to the Telegraph, Ali was captured on March 21 in Basra, but his arrest was kept secret until yesterday.
Does this insurgency support go all the way to the top?
“Our intelligence reveals that the senior leadership in Iran is aware of this activity,” he said. When he was asked if Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei could be unaware of the activity, General Bergner said “that would be hard to imagine.”
We’ve been at war with Iran for at least two years. It’s a significant step that the US military is finally ready to state the obvious. At the least, it’s time to crack down on the regime that has been killing our soldiers with impunity.
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