John on April 5, 2007 at 10:55 am
The 15 sailors and marines kidnapped March 23rd arrived at London’s Heathrow airport today. Sky News has video of the homecoming. Sky also has a “withheld” interview in which the Captain in charge of the operation admits the Brits had, as part of their mission, to gather intel on Iranian actions. It makes for a good headline, but I doubt anyone including the Iranians would be surprised to learn that they were being watched.
Here’s the picture of the day:
Meanwhile, four British soldiers were killed last night in a coordinated attack on their convoy. This brings to six the number of British soldiers killed in Iraq in the last week. Tony Blair, who only yesterday was saying he had no ill will toward Iran, was quick to connect the deaths to elements inside Iran:
“Now it’s far too early to say that the particular terrorist act that killed our forces was an act committed by terrorists who were backed by any elements of the Iranian regime, so I make no allegation in respect of that particular incident.
“But the general picture, as I have said before, is there are elements at least of the Iranian regime that are backing, financing, arming, terrorism in Iraq.”
Despite its PR victory this week, Iran’s support of insurgency in Iraq hasn’t slowed.
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