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The botched US raid that led to the hostage crisis

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posted on Apr, 2 2007 @ 08:04 PM
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The botched US raid that led to the hostage crisis


news.independent.co.uk

A failed American attempt to abduct two senior Iranian security officers on an official visit to northern Iraq was the starting pistol for a crisis that 10 weeks later led to Iranians seizing 15 British sailors and Marines.

Early on the morning of 11 January, helicopter-born US forces launched a surprise raid on a long-established Iranian liaison office in the city of Arbil in Iraqi Kurdistan. They captured five relatively junior Iranian officials whom the US accuses of being intelligence agents and still holds.

In reality the US attack had a far more ambitious objective, The Independent has learned. The aim of the raid, launched without informing the Kurdish authorities, was to seize two men at the very heart of the Iranian security establishment.
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posted on Apr, 2 2007 @ 08:04 PM
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Lots of details here some of which is still ongoing at ATS via numerous threads. From the article:


The attempt by the US to seize the two high-ranking Iranian security officers openly meeting with Iraqi leaders is somewhat as if Iran had tried to kidnap the heads of the CIA and MI6 while they were on an official visit to a country neighbouring Iran, such as Pakistan or Afghanistan.


Lets try to imagine if Iran had attempted to try the same thing given the status of these individuals. We all know that the CIA is quite possibly the most disgusting and heinous organization of misfits around but this clearly exemplifies what they are prepared to do no matter what the outcome. Comments?

brill

news.independent.co.uk
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[edit on 2-4-2007 by brill]



 
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