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Senior officials said it was previously believed that Iran had officers inside Iraq stirring up violence, but this is the first time that self-proclaimed Iranian intelligence agents have been captured within the country.
Originally posted by UM_Gazz[/i
I am getting a strong feeling that we are getting very close to some kind of armed conflct with the Iranians.
Only time will tell.
In July, 2003, two months after President Bush declared victory in Iraq, the war, far from winding down, reached a critical point. Israel, which had been among the wars most enthusiastic supporters, began warning the Administration that the American-led occupation would face a heightened insurgencya campaign of bombings and assassinationslater that summer. Israeli intelligence assets in Iraq were reporting that the insurgents had the support of Iranian intelligence operatives and other foreign fighters, who were crossing the unprotected border between Iran and Iraq at will. The Israelis urged the United States to seal the nine-hundred-mile-long border, at whatever cost.
The border stayed open, however.
The top German national-security official told me that he believes that the Bush Administration continually misread Iran. The Iranians wanted to keep America tied down in Iraq, and to keep it busy there, but they didnt want chaos, he said. One of the senior German officials told me, The critical question is What will the behavior of Iran be if there is an independent Kurdistan with close ties to Israel? Iran does not want an Israeli land-based aircraft carrierthat is, a military strongholdon its border.
Originally posted by curme
I think Iran is on the path to democracy. Look at the last Presidential elections, there is a generation there who want thier MTV. I think these hardliners will be ousted, if democracy can grow naturally. If we go in there with guns, they will hate us. We need a delicate hand. A question, who in the hell made the border so porous!