posted on Nov, 7 2004 @ 10:01 PM
New recruits and supplies are coming across the Iran/Iraq border in support of the insurgents in Iraq acording to Kurdish and western officials. It is
however still unclear as to whether they are backing the militants or if the militants are just taking advantage of a porous border.
Extremists Moving Across Iran-Iraq Border
Sun Nov 7, 6:44 PM ET Middle East - AP
By LOUIS MEIXLER, Associated Press Writer
ANKARA, Turkey - Islamic extremists have been moving supplies and new recruits from Iran into Iraq (news - web sites), say Iraqi Kurdish and Western
officials, though it's unclear whether Tehran is covertly backing them or whether militants are simply taking advantage of the porous border.
Iranian involvement with extremist groups in the Iraqi insurgency would be potentially explosive, especially given the history of U.S.-Iranian
animosity. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said recently Iran was engaged in "a lot of meddling" in Iraq but gave no details.
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According to officials this is a potentially explosive situation, especially considering the current world view of Iran and it's upcoming nuclear
program. There have also been reports of links between Iranian security officials and senior Al-Quaida leaders.
[edit on 7-11-2004 by Banshee]