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U.S. officials say they have found smoking-gun evidence of Iranian support for terrorists in Iraq: brand-new weapons fresh from Iranian factories. According to a senior defense official, coalition forces have recently seized Iranian-made weapons and munitions that bear manufacturing dates in 2006.
This suggests, say the sources, that the material is going directly from Iranian factories to Shia militias, rather than taking a roundabout path through the black market. "There is no way this could be done without (Iranian) government approval," says a senior official.
Iranian-made munitions found in Iraq include advanced IEDs designed to pierce armor and anti-tank weapons. U.S. intelligence believes the weapons have been supplied to Iraq's growing Shia militias from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, which is also believed to be training Iraqi militia fighters in Iran.
Evidence is mounting, too, that the most powerful militia in Iraq, Moktada al-Sadr's Mahdi army, is receiving training support from the Iranian-backed terrorists of Hezbollah.
Originally posted by deltaboy
Iranian-made munitions found in Iraq include advanced IEDs designed to pierce armor and anti-tank weapons.
Originally posted by BitRaiser
Umm... IED: Improvised Explosive Device.
Shouldn't a manufactured explosive designed to destory a tank be called a "mine" or an "anti-armour explosive"? Why would you manufacture an improvised device? Wouldn't that be a manufactured device?
I guess it's just "better" news reporting to use catch phrases and sensationalism than to provide actual information...
Aside from that little knit, I find it kind of hard to call this a "smoking gun". There's several possible ways that Iranian weapons could fall into the hand of insurectionists within a short timeframe. Theft and corrupt arms manufacturers are the first things I'd think about, rather than Irainian governmental collusion.
Yes, Iran would like to get their mits on Iraq, but I somehow doubt they like the idea of a totally destabalised nation right next door.
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
Isnt the key word in IED
' IMPROVISED '
specifically manufacturing a device, moulded in a certain way to cause maximum damage to a set target... doesnt require much 'improvisation'
I find it strange that Iran after all these years of support, would start making stuff of the back of an assembly line then shipping it to iraq with
'' MADE IN IRAN '' stamped on it...
If russia invaded and occupied canada..
wouldnt you be supporting the canadaian resistance?.. well thats a no no according to American terminology.
... or would you be helping them directly push back the foreign invader at your doorstep?
Well, again in American terminology your now a terrorist, and deserve to be locked up and tortured.
..... oooh what.. it makes a difference because the american occupiers declare they are doing it for good?
You cant have it both ways!!!
Remember the US Was in the same setting as Iran....
hitler didnt approve us helping the french resistance either..
Originally posted by marg6043
While I want to believe, that is true and that Iran and Syria are having their hands in the doings in Iraq. . .
Is something that bothers me, after the way our own government uses propaganda to achieve and manipulated the public opinion.
Is various things going on in the middle east right now that not matter how much US is trying to keep Iran looking like the one to blame it makes people wonder what the real issue is at hand.
Now after all those issues going on in Iraq I most say that something smells like desperation and that the blame has to be relocated to now Included as much as possible to Iran, Syria and Hezbollah and to keep Iraq from becoming friends with Iran.
Why? Because if they become diplomatic friends the oil barons and war profiteers will never see a drop of Iraqi oil.
Now what you people thing about all that?
Originally posted by jsobecky
Let me ask you this: if al Maliki were to seriously want to negotiate with Iran, how long do you think he would last as Iraqi PM?