The plot thickens as we make key arrests in Iraq:
The American military is holding at least four Iranians in Iraq, including men the Bush administration called senior military officials, who were seized in a pair of raids late last week aimed at people suspected of conducting attacks on Iraqi security forces, according to senior Iraqi and American officials in Baghdad and Washington.
The story gets a bit confusing, because apparently some Iranians they picked up during the raids (at a different location that the others) were actually “diplomats” that had been invited to Iraq (and were later released to the Iraqis). Others, however, were the senior Iranian military officials that we love to hate:
A Bush administration official said the Iranian military officials held in custody were suspected of being members of the Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. It has been involved in training members of Hezbollah and other groups that the Americans regard as terrorist organizations.
American and Iraqi officials have long accused Iran of interfering in this country’s internal affairs, but have rarely produced evidence. The administration presented last week’s arrests as a potential confirmation of the link. Mr. Johndroe said, “We suspect this event validates our claims about Iranian meddling, but we want to finish our investigation of the detained Iranians before characterizing their activities.”
Is it not clear yet that we are at open war with Iran, but they are the only ones getting in any shots? How long can this elephant in the room continue to be ignored?
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