ONE WAY IRAN COULD COMMIT SUICIDE
(a) supply high-powered explosives to fuel the civil war in Iraq and kill US and UK soldiers?
(b) supply high-powered explosives to fuel the civil war in Iraq and kill US and UK soldiers?
(c) supply high-powered explosives to fuel the civil war in Iraq and kill US and UK soldiers?
For that is what America claimed yesterday.
From the British media you would think the case is closed; Iran is guilty of supplying such weapons to "insurgents" in Iraq.
But read this from The Washington Post (which is a surpise).
Military Ties Iran To Arms In Iraq
Explosives Supplied To Shiite Militias, U.S. Officials Say
By Joshua Partlow
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, February 12, 2007; Page A01
BAGHDAD, Feb. 11 -- Senior U.S. military officials in Iraq sought Sunday to link Iran to deadly armor-piercing explosives and other weapons that they said are being used to kill U.S. and Iraqi troops with increasing regularity.
During a long-awaited presentation, held in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, the officials displayed mortar shells, rocket-propelled grenades and a powerful cylindrical bomb, capable of blasting through an armored Humvee, that they said were manufactured in Iran and supplied to Shiite militias in Iraq for attacks on U.S. and Iraqi troops.
"Iran is a significant contributor to attacks on coalition forces, and also supports violence against the Iraqi security forces and the Iraqi people," said a senior defense official, who was joined by a defense analyst and an explosives expert, both also from the military.
The officials said they would speak only on the condition of anonymity, so the explosives expert and the analyst, who would normally not speak to the news media, could provide information directly. The analyst's exact title and full name were not revealed to reporters. The officials released a PowerPoint presentation including photographs of the weaponry, but did not allow media representatives to record, photograph or videotape the briefing or the materials on display.
It sounds a rather shady media operation. Anonymous officials. No photographs or recordings allowed. Not quite the indisputable proof.
Assuming the weapons displayed were Iranian, it is possible that Iranians smuggled them out of Iran to elements of US intelligence.
Or the weapons, like the intelligence on WMD, were manufactured in the USA!