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US Stepping Up Response to Iran

John on August 10, 2007 at 12:48 am

Rumors of a timetable for action on Iran are floating around Washington:

“The consensus I’m hearing is to give the [U.N.] Security Council process more time but not unlimited time, and, at some point in the spring of 2008, there has to be a good hard look at whether that process should continue and whether other options should then be considered,” said Kenneth Katzman, a Middle East expert for the Congressional Research Service.

Fortunately, we’re not waiting for 2008 on the ground in Iraq:

An American raid and airstrike killed 32 people in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City on Wednesday, in what American military officials described as an assault on a militant network bringing in money and bombs from Iran.

Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, an American military spokesman here, said the airstrike was called in against suspected gunmen who were surrounding a vehicle and who were moving toward American troops who had been taking fire. He said 30 people around the vehicle were killed, and 2 more died during the raid, all of them combatants.

Colonel Garver said intelligence indicated that at least one of the intended targets of the raid — in which 12 people were detained — acted as a liaison between the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Shiite Iraqi militias responsible for killing American troops with lethal roadside bombs known as explosively formed penetrators, or E.F.P.’s. He declined to provide evidence about any link between the groups or to say whether troops found bomb-making materials in the buildings that they raided.

“As we exploit information and we’re ready to release information, we will,” he said.

Another Quds Force member in the bag. That will hopefully lead to even more in the near future. This is how we win the peace. The mullahs in Iran must be stood up before there can be a chance for real peace in the Middle East.

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