Skip to comments.U.S. Congress report warns of Iran’s meddling in Iraq
Posted on 11/27/2005 7:43:08 AM PST by Wiz
London, Nov. 27 The United States Congressional Research Service issued a report warning of Irans dominating influence in neighbouring Iraq.
The report, recently posted on the website of the U.S. State Department, cited Iranian support for militant groups and Shiite political parties in Iraq.
Since the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iran has showcased its growing political and economic influence over and mentorship of the Iraqi government, it said, adding that the thrust of Irans strategy in Iraq has been to engineer and perpetuate domination of Iraqs government by pro-Iranian Shiite Islamist movements that would, in Irans view, likely align Iraqs foreign policy with that of Iran.
It identified two groups in particular of being Irans Shiite Islamist protégés in Iraq - the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), the most pro-Iranian of the groups, and the Dawa (Islamic Call) party, whose leader is current Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari.
According to the report, SCIRI controls a 20,000-strong militia called the Badr Brigades, recently renamed the Badr Organisation. Badr fighters are playing unofficial policing roles in Basra and other Shiite cities. Those Badr members that have joined the national Iraqi police and military forces are widely said to retain their loyalties to Badr and SCIRI.
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when is the promised double secret probation
"U.S. Congress report warns of Irans meddling in Iraq"
...And in another breaking story--- Water is wet!
Leave it to Congress to notice the obvious years after it's too late.
After the election, the Iraqi army will start bringing order to the frontier, including these foreign-led groups.
How do we pay for this? Out of middle eastern oil proceeds. What about the pants wetting knee jerk leftists and parlor pinks that say we're only in it for the oil? It must be sold on the basis that islam has chosen to pose an international threat to the civilized world...much the same as Adolph Hitler...which must be crushed ASAP. It is only fair that the cost of solving this problem be offset using revenue from the sale of oil resources of the region rather than bankrupting one or more of the coalition partners.
Clearly we need leadership inside the beltway with a bigger set of cajones to sell this to coalition partners and lead the campaign.
However, with overwhelming force on the ground, these islamic rats will be scurrying down their holes the same as saddam did. I would urge the re-introduction of the flamethrower which which for some unexplained reason seems to have fallen into disuse.
Armed men entered Baghdad's municipal building during a blinding dust storm on Monday, deposed the city's mayor and installed a member of Iraq's most powerful Shiite militia. The deposed mayor, Alaa al-Tamimi, who was not in his offices at the time, recounted the events in a telephone interview on Tuesday and called the move a municipal coup d'état. He added that he had gone into hiding for fear of his life.