John on August 7, 2007 at 10:17 pm
Monday the US began a second round of talks with Iran. You may recall the last round of talks in July during which the Iranian delegation flipped out when they were accused of aiding militants in Iraq.
Today the NY Times [HT: Drudge] has a new piece quoting Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the #2 man in Iraq. The Times story notes that EFP attacks have been rising sharply since May:
Of the 69 members of the American-led forces killed in action in July, the lowest toll in months, 23 died as a result of attacks with the devices, according to data supplied by General Odierno’s command. Of the 614 allied troops who were wounded that month, 89 were hit in penetrator attacks.
The July figure is roughly double the number for January. The total for July is also 50 percent higher than in April, when there were 65 penetrator attacks, according to American military officials.
Gen. Odierno was very clear about why this is happening:
“I think it is because the Iranians are surging support to the special groups,” he said, referring to the American name for Iranian-backed cells here. “Over the last three to four months, it has picked up in terms of equipment, training and dollars.”
“I think they want to influence the decision potentially coming up in September,” he added.
The surge is working and the Iranians are working overtime to make it fail. It’s just that simple.
I’m glad we’re finally confronting the regime that is killing our soldiers and our effort. Talking isn’t enough. As much as I’d love to see this all blow away, to have the war over and bring everyone home, we can’t afford to be bullied by a nutcase like Ahmedinejad. So far he’s been getting away with it because the US media is mostly suspicous of claims of Iranian involvement. But if even the NY Times is catching on, maybe there’s still hope.
I’m adding this to the timeline.
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