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Bush accuses Iran of making roadside bombs
By Alec Russell, in Washington
The White House has stepped up pressure on Iran by accusing it of helping to make the roadside bombs which have been so deadly for US forces in Iraq.
In a speech shoring up support for the war in Iraq before Monday's third anniversary of its start President George W Bush said some bombs seized there "were clearly produced in Iran".
"Teheran has been responsible for at least some of the increasing lethality of anti-coalition attacks by providing Shia militia with the capabilities to build improvised explosive devices [IEDs]," he said.
To back the accusation he cited the assessment of John Negroponte, head of intelligence, who has blamed Iran for the increased destructive capacity of IEDs. British and American commanders have previously accused Iranian forces of helping to make IEDs.
NEW YORK During a speech about Iraq on Monday, President Bush criticized a recent Los Angeles Times story that he said revealed sensitive information about the Pentagon's effort to combat improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The president did not mention the newspaper by name but White House officials later said he was referring to a Feb. 12 story in the Los Angeles Times.
"Within five days of the publication, using details from that article, the enemy had posted instructions for defeating this new technology on the Internet," Bush said. "We cannot let the enemy know how we're working to defeat them."
Top U.S. Military Official: No Evidence of Iran Involvement in Iraq
By Bill Brubaker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 14, 2006; 4:30 PM
Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, said today he has no evidence the Iranian government has been sending military equipment and personnel into neighboring Iraq.
On Monday, President Bush suggested Iran was involved in making roadside bombs, known as improvised explosive devices, that are being used in Iraq. And Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld last week accused Iran of sending members of its Revolutionary Guard to conduct operations in Iraq.
Today, Pace, the top U.S. military official, was asked at a Pentagon news conference if he has proof that Iran's government is sponsoring these activities.
"I do not, sir," Pace said.
Originally posted by crmanager
Is Iran helping the terrorists? Yes. If you believe that then you are simply naive.
How is it that these IEDs are planted so close to their targets that they can do so much damage? I have heard that some are planted under the roads, true? And some are hidden in vehicles? Can't we do a better job at spotting them before they are detonated?
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
There are lots of other articles, very much like that one, and none of them even touch the real issue, I think. The really important goal of these programs is (or should be) to develop a reliable way to blow up the bomber as he's travelling with his package, or, alternately, snuff the bomb's trigger.
Can we mitigate that? To some extent, sure, but it looks to me like the sort of thing one would be better off to avoid entirely. If it can be defused or detonated at a distance, preferably from the air, using a drone, then the problem has pretty much been solved.
A good number of these things are big, these bombs. I've seen a lot that are just mortar rounds or old artillery cases repacked, but then there are the 400-500 lb ones. Installing that type of device requires privacy and some reasonable amount of time. That's when the bomber and the bomb are most vulnerable, so it makes total sense to attack it at that point. It's also worth mentioning that if you attack the bomb/bomber during this stage, you reduce the potential for collateral damage.
Thanks for the photos/facts.
And it seems that we can be using technology more than we have; like using robots equipped with cameras and explosive sensors to identify a loaded car. Then just step back 50 yards and launch a rocket at the car.
The coalition was using ir techology with some success before the details were leaked and the insurgency caught on.
The top U.S. military officer said on Tuesday the United States does not have proof that Iran's government is responsible for Iranians smuggling
weapons and military personnel into Iraq.
Asked whether the United States has proof that Iran's government was behind these developments, Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Pentagon briefing, "I do not, sir."