Monday, August 15, 2005

Iran in Iraq 

Here's a couple of scary articles on Iran's (the real terror mastermind) plans for Iraq (and the U.S.):

First, from Fareed Zakaria, who states what's probably obvious, but never talked about:
With 150,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, Tehran has many ways to retaliate against an American military strike.

Secondly, Time, on how Iran is helping make the lives of Coalition members miserable:
The U.S. Military's new nemesis in Iraq is named Abu Mustafa al-Sheibani, and he is not a Baathist or a member of al-Qaeda. He is working for Iran. According to a U.S. military-intelligence document obtained by TIME, al-Sheibani heads a network of insurgents created by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps with the express purpose of committing violence against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. Over the past eight months, his group has introduced a new breed of roadside bomb more lethal than any seen before; based on a design from the Iranian-backed Lebanese militia Hizballah, the weapon employs "shaped" explosive charges that can punch through a battle tank's armor like a fist through the wall. According to the document, the U.S. believes al-Sheibani's team consists of 280 members, divided into 17 bombmaking teams and death squads. The U.S. believes they train in Lebanon, in Baghdad's predominantly Shi'ite Sadr City district and "in another country" and have detonated at least 37 bombs against U.S. forces this year in Baghdad alone

We've known for a long time that Iran was going to try to be a major influence in Iraq's Shiite dominated South, but why am I not surprised that their plan for Iraq has been better thought out than ours?


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