John on April 1, 2007 at 12:14 am
The Brits are starting to put together the full picture. This was a planned operation:
Intelligence chiefs now believe that the operation was orchestrated by elements within the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Council, the military wing of Iran’s clerical leaders. Another defence official familiar with the latest intelligence said: “It’s the ayatollahs that are behind this. These were clerical troops.”
An Iranian opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, claimed yesterday that it had obtained intelligence from sources in Iran that Khorramshahr, one of three Iranian naval bases in the Persian Gulf, was on a state of full alert the night before the attack in preparation for the operation.
Hossein Abedini, a spokesman for the NCRI, said that a special unit had been moved to the base for the “carefully concocted operation” and that Rear Adml Morteza Safari, commander of the Iranian navy, was kept in close touch by his commanders as the operation took place.
Also some interesting information on the “attack” on the Iranian consulate in Basra:
In Basra on Thursday, British soldiers came under attack from “several bursts of small arms fire”, from a dilapidated building near the Iranian consulate. Iranian officials complained that the British patrol surrounded the consulate and began shooting – a claim denied by Britain.
What are the chances that was a coincidence?
Finally, President Bush backs up the Brits and calls for the immediate release of the sailors:
“It’s inexcusable behavior,” Mr. Bush said at the Camp David presidential retreat, where he was meeting with the president of Brazil. “Iran must give back the hostages. They’re innocent. They did nothing wrong.”
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