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Iran Back to Old Tricks in Iraq

John on July 3, 2011 at 11:24 am

Looks like the proxy war is back on:

In June, 15 U.S. servicemen died in Iraq, the highest monthly casualty figure there in more than two years. The U.S. has attributed all the attacks to Shiite militias it says are are trained by the Revolutionary Guards, rather than al Qaeda or other Sunni groups that were the most lethal forces inside Iraq a few years ago…

Iraq has in recent years been a proxy battlefield for the U.S. and Iran. U.S. officials in Iraq said the Qods Force is training and arming three primary militias that have in recent months attacked U.S. and Iraqi forces. Kata’ib Hezbollah, or Brigades of the Party of God, is viewed as the one most directly taking orders from Revolutionary Guard commanders in Iran. Two others, the Promise Day Brigade and Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, are offshoots of the Mahdi Army headed by the anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who currently lives in Iran.

Over the past six months, Kata’ib Hezbollah has escalated attacks on U.S. forces employing weapons called IRAMs, or improvised rocket-assisted munitions. The weapons are often propane tanks packed with hundreds of pounds of explosives and powered by rockets. Militiamen launch the weapons from the backs of flatbed trucks.

In case you missed it, Iran has been heavily involved in attacking or planning attacks on US troops since before the war in Iraq began. Throughout 2006-2007 the President and the Pentagon tried to get the word out to a skeptical press that only seemed concerned about the “drumbeat” to war in Iran. Time magazine wrote in late 2006 that Iraq wanted improved relations with the US. That was a lie. In early 2007, the NY Times editorial board wrote that the US needed to stop “bullying” Iran.

Now that Obama is in office these same people will no doubt accept proof of Iran’s involvement in Iraq uncritically and without reservation. They can do that because, of course, they know Obama won’t do anything about it.

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