posted on Jan, 29 2007 @ 06:48 AM
I ran into alot of blogs writing about the possibility that the kidnapping and killing of 5 American soliders in Karbala last week was done by Iranian
agents. Possibly in retaliation for the American raid on the Iranian "compound" in Kurdistan some time ago.
And it makes sense...
-The operation was extremely sophisticated and well rehearsed. As the attackers had fake uniforms, equipment, identification, and even spoke english
and drove GMC SUVs like that of American officials and contractors. And once inside the attackers attacked only the American troops inside and did not
engage anyone else.
-Inside job? They knew the American troops where there to meet with the local police. And obviously they knew about the number of troops there as well
as the attackers only numbered in 12.
-Once being chased by Iraqi police they abandoned the vehicles east of Karbala possibly escaping towards Iran.
-And this is done deep deep inside the heart of Shia terrirtory. So this is highly unlikely work of Al Qaeda or Sunni insurgents.
So the sophistication, preparations they attacks had done, and good level of intelligence they had about the meeting means more likely than not it is
probably work of Iranian intelligence. Because there is almost no possbility that this is done by anyone other than Shias with good connections deep
into Iraqi government and police. And the Mahdi Army is a part of the political mess in Iraq so it has no reason to go to such extremes to kill a few
Americans in such a complicated matter. It could simply have done so in there usual clashes, and doing this would also risk possible reprisals on it
and I doubt Al Sadr would risk that. It is clear also that this is not the work of any insurgents as the $$ needed for the equipment they had to
accomplish this mission could have easily been invested towards IEDs if they were insurgents and could have caused many more casualties. Imagine
suicide vehicle borned IEDs with the American looking SUVs they had.
So looks like brinksmenship with Iran is going up a notch or two. I would think US intelligence will counter this by raiding all suspected Iranian
intelligence agents. And it makes sense as it was recently reported that Bush authorized the killing of suspected agents.
But I'm sure this is nothing new as I believe it is completely legal by Geneva conventions to kill enemy forces who dont declare themselves as enemy
combatants. Think of WWII during the Battle of the Bulge when German inflitrators speaking english and with American uniforms and dog tags crossed the
lines to conduct sabotage and all of them were later immediately executed.
[edit on 29-1-2007 by pilotshinjiikaru]