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US, Iraqi forces clash with Shi'ite militia ("Iranian" fighters captured)
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/29/06 | Reuters

Posted on 06/29/2006 9:12:44 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi and U.S. troops battled Shi'ite militiamen in a village northeast of Baghdad on Thursday, and witnesses and police said U.S. helicopters bombed orchards to flush out gunmen hiding in the palm groves.

Iraqi security officials said Iranian fighters had been captured in the fighting, in which the commander of an Iraqi quick reaction force and two soldiers were shot dead by a sniper. They did not say how the Iranians had been identified.

The U.S. military had no immediate comment.

Police said the fighting was still going on at 6 p.m. (1400 GMT) in the predominantly Shi'ite village of Khairnabat, 3 km (two miles) north of Baquba, capital of Diyala province. Local residents reported hearing shooting and explosions.

A bomb in the town's main market killed 18 people on Monday. On Wednesday, Shi'ite militiamen fired mortars at a Sunni mosque in nearby Miqdadiya, destroying the building and 20 shops.

Police said the mosque attack and other attacks on Sunnis in Khairnabat itself persuaded Sunnis that it would be safer to leave the village. But as a convoy of vehicles was leaving on Thursday, "gunmen surrounded them and started shooting," a captain in Diyala's police intelligence unit told Reuters.

Baquba's quick reaction force, an Interior Ministry unit, responded and clashed with the fighters, the captain said. Iraqi and U.S. military reinforcements then arrived and sealed off the village.

Police and witnesses said U.S. helicopters had bombed orchards where militiamen were believed to be hiding.

"IRANIAN PRISONERS"

The captain and other Interior Ministry sources said the commander of the quick reaction force, Colonel Sami Hussein, and two other soldiers were killed by a sniper.

No other casualties were reported from the clashes and police said it was not clear how many civilians had been killed or wounded in the initial shooting at the convoy. The wounded were taken to a hospital in Baquba.

"We captured a number of militants and were surprised to see that some of them were Iranian fighters," the police intelligence captain said.

An Interior Ministry official, who did not want to be named, also said Iranian gunmen had been captured.

The United States and Britain have accused Shi'ite Iran of meddling in Iraq's affairs and providing military assistance to Iraq's pro-government Shi'ite militias. However, there have been few instances of Iranians actually being captured inside Iraq.

Among Shi'ite militants are Iraqis who grew up in refugee camps in Iran and are often described by Iraqi compatriots as "Iranians" because of their accented Arabic.

Police have said Shi'ite fighters in the area belong to the Mehdi Army of radical, Iranian-backed cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Sadr's movement, which staged two uprisings against occupying troops in 2004, denies being behind sectarian violence.

Diyala, where al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed earlier this month, has seen much sectarian violence among its diverse population. A number of Shi'ite shrines were destroyed in attacks there six weeks ago.

(Additional reporting by Ross Colvin, Mohammed Ramahi and Hiba Moussa in Baghdad)


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alsadr; army; baquba; captured; clash; fighters; forces; iranian; iraqi; mehdi; militia; moqtada; shiite

1 posted on 06/29/2006 9:12:46 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Did they have Iranian uniforms, or drivers licenses?


2 posted on 06/29/2006 9:15:48 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Ping


3 posted on 06/29/2006 9:16:26 AM PDT by IrishMike (Democrats .... Stuck on Stupid, RINO's ...the most vicious judas goats)
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To: stuartcr

One could say that Iran is at war with Iraq. Good reason to take them out.


4 posted on 06/29/2006 9:19:08 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: NormsRevenge

IMO they should return the Iranians---from 10,000 feet over Tehran.


5 posted on 06/29/2006 9:20:51 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: NormsRevenge
We captured a number of militants and were surprised to see that some of them were Iranian fighters

If he is genuinely surprised he's pretty stupid.

6 posted on 06/29/2006 9:21:16 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Islamofascism ... bringing you the best of the 7th century for the past 1300 years.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Surprise, surprise!


7 posted on 06/29/2006 9:24:06 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: NormsRevenge
and witnesses and police said U.S. helicopters bombed orchards to flush out gunmen hiding in the palm groves.

I'm waiting for Murtha and Pelosi calling for investigations why our soldiers blew up orchards.. I'm sure the DNC has Military Tribunals in the works for these tree murderers.
8 posted on 06/29/2006 9:24:57 AM PDT by Element187
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To: NormsRevenge
The United States and Britain have accused Shi'ite Iran of meddling in Iraq's affairs and providing military assistance to Iraq's pro-government Shi'ite militias. However, there have been few instances of Iranians actually being captured inside Iraq.

Among Shi'ite militants are Iraqis who grew up in refugee camps in Iran and are often described by Iraqi compatriots as "Iranians" because of their accented Arabic.

Police have said Shi'ite fighters in the area belong to the Mehdi Army of radical, Iranian-backed cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Sadr's movement, which staged two uprisings against occupying troops in 2004, denies being behind sectarian violence.

9 posted on 06/29/2006 9:27:47 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Help the "Pendleton 8' and their families --- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Can we return the favor and give revolutionaries in Iran weapons?

Seems like we are in a position to make life for the Iranian leadership difficult by giving the opposition weapons.


10 posted on 06/29/2006 9:27:55 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: dhs12345
"Seems like we are in a position to make life for the Iranian leadership difficult by giving the opposition weapons."

The opposition is not prone to violence. They just talk for fear of being killed if they actually do something.
11 posted on 06/29/2006 9:31:40 AM PDT by wmileo
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To: sgtbono2002
10,000 feet over Tehran

I'm looking forward to seeing the movie... I would imagine it would take less than the 30 seconds of the original.

12 posted on 06/29/2006 9:35:08 AM PDT by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: wmileo

Too bad. But maybe if they thought they might succeed? A few weapons might not do it but training, weapons, etc. might.

We have learned that only a single terrorist's bomb that only kills a couple of people can create a great deal fear and paranoia.


13 posted on 06/29/2006 9:38:15 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: stuartcr
Since Farsi is an Indo-European language and not a Semitic language, they could be told apart when they opened their mouths. They must have failed the shibboleth.
14 posted on 06/29/2006 9:40:35 AM PDT by GAB-1955 (being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the Kingdom of Heaven....)
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To: dhs12345
You are correct. However, look at subjects of other totalitarian nations such as Cuba. Almost everyone except the few Communist Party active members hate life in Cuba. However, very few will stand up to the Cuban Authority (which usually means a nonviolent demonstration only). They know that they will not get support from the American and even the World MSM. Anyone who mentions their plight will be labeled an extreme Rightist. People in these types of countries are executed for just getting caught trying to leave. If you don't think so, remember IRAQ under Saddam?
15 posted on 06/29/2006 9:49:50 AM PDT by wmileo
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To: wmileo
Funny how people who are unafraid to die by blowing themselves up are terrified of a government like Iran.

Human nature I guess. And the fact that they wont get into heaven...
16 posted on 06/29/2006 10:04:09 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: NormsRevenge

More than 1 Iranian Division (3000-6000)is very active in Iraq blended into the local population imho.


17 posted on 06/29/2006 10:06:21 AM PDT by prophetic
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To: NormsRevenge

Don't bring them to the US. The judicial system here stinks so badly for law-abiding people and in favor of murdering terrorists.


18 posted on 06/29/2006 10:14:21 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: NormsRevenge

Cleanup time!


19 posted on 06/29/2006 10:20:34 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: AdmSmith; Allegra; Becki; Calpernia; Cap Huff; Coop; Dog; Deetes; Gucho; iso; jmc1969; jveritas; ...

ping


20 posted on 06/29/2006 10:59:14 AM PDT by Wiz
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To: NormsRevenge

Iraqis inspect the wreckage of a Shiite mosque that was bombed in the restive city of Baquba. An Iraqi MP has warned that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's tough conditions for pardoning Sunni rebels who lay down their arms are going to make it difficult to convince them to do so.(AFP/Ali Yussef)

U.S. and Iraqi soldiers look at satellite images as they prepare to raid a garden on the outskirts of Baquba, May 29, 2006. Two members of an Iraqi family were killed in their Baghdad home by U.S. troops who say the men ignored shouted orders during the arrest of an al Qaeda suspect. Relatives said they were simply panicked by the night-time raid. (Helmiy Al-Azawi/Reuters)

21 posted on 06/29/2006 11:03:10 AM PDT by TexKat
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To: All

UPDATE

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BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi and U.S. troops battled Shi'ite militiamen in a village northeast of Baghdad on Thursday, and witnesses and police said U.S. helicopters bombed orchards to flush out gunmen hiding there.

Iraqi security officials said Iranian fighters had been captured in the fighting, in which a sniper shot dead the commander of an Iraqi quick reaction force and two of his men. They did not say how the Iranians had been identified.

A civilian was also killed and five people were wounded in the clashes, they said.

The U.S. military had no immediate comment.

Police said the fighting was taking place in the predominantly Shi'ite village of Khairnabat, three km (two miles) north of Baquba, capital of Diyala province. Local residents reported hearing shooting and explosions.

A bomb in the town's main market killed 18 people on Monday. On Wednesday, Shi'ite militiamen fired mortars at a Sunni mosque in nearby Miqdadiya, destroying the building and 20 shops.

Police said the mosque attack and other attacks on Sunnis in Khairnabat itself persuaded Sunnis that it would be safer to leave the village. But as a convoy of vehicles was leaving on Thursday, "gunmen surrounded them and started shooting," a captain in Diyala's police intelligence unit told Reuters.

Baquba's quick reaction force, an Interior Ministry unit, responded and clashed with the fighters, the captain said. Iraqi and U.S. reinforcements then arrived and sealed off the village.

Police and witnesses said U.S. helicopters had bombed orchards where militiamen were believed to be hiding under the cover of date palms.

Police said bombing continued as night fell.

"IRANIAN PRISONERS"

The captain and other Interior Ministry sources said the commander of the quick reaction force, Colonel Sami Hussein, and two of his men were killed by a sniper.

No other casualties were reported from the clashes and police said it was not clear how many civilians had been killed or wounded in the initial shooting at the convoy. The wounded were taken to a hospital in Baquba.

"We captured a number of militants and were surprised to see that some of them were Iranian fighters," the police intelligence captain said.

An Interior Ministry official, who did not want to be named, also said Iranian gunmen had been captured. Baquba lies 90 km (60 miles) from the Iranian border.

The United States and Britain have accused Shi'ite Iran of meddling in Iraq's affairs and providing military assistance to Iraq's pro-government Shi'ite militias. However, there have been few instances of Iranians actually being captured inside Iraq.

Some Iraqis, particularly Sunnis, are quick to label Shi'ite fighters as Iranian agents. And among the militants are Iraqis who grew up in refugee camps in Iran, speak Iranian-accented Arabic and, in some cases, carry Iranian identity papers.

Police have said Shi'ite fighters in the area belong to the Mehdi Army of radical, Iranian-backed cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Sadr's movement, which staged two uprisings against occupying troops in 2004, denies being behind sectarian violence.

Diyala, where al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed earlier this month, has seen much sectarian violence among its diverse population. A number of Shi'ite shrines were destroyed in attacks there six weeks ago.

Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has made controlling Shi'ite militia groups, as well as Sunni insurgents, a goal of a national reconciliation plan unveiled on Sunday.

Many analysts are skeptical of the feasibility of disarming large paramilitary groups linked to the most powerful political parties. Without that, however, persuading the Sunni minority to lay down their arms will also be difficult.

Sunni political leaders dismissed on Thursday reports of significant peace moves from insurgents since Maliki's speech in parliament.

Several politicians and figures who claim to speak for militant groups said the plan was short on guarantees about curbing Shi'ite guerrillas and on the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

(Additional reporting by Ross Colvin, Mohammed al-Ramahi, Alastair Macdonald, Mussab Al-Khairalla, Ibon Villelabeitia and Hiba Moussa in Baghdad)


22 posted on 06/29/2006 11:06:10 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Help the "Pendleton 8' and their families --- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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Some Iraqis, particularly Sunnis, are quick to label Shi'ite fighters as Iranian agents. And among the militants are Iraqis who grew up in refugee camps in Iran, speak Iranian-accented Arabic and, in some cases, carry Iranian identity papers.


23 posted on 06/29/2006 11:06:33 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Help the "Pendleton 8' and their families --- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Not surprising, but interesting do to the timing.


24 posted on 06/29/2006 11:16:06 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: NormsRevenge; Wiz

It's time to take out Iran.


25 posted on 06/29/2006 12:09:56 PM PDT by pissant
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To: sgtbono2002

Giant trebuchets!

"Have a seat abdul, you'll be home shortly."


26 posted on 06/29/2006 3:24:01 PM PDT by PsyOp (Fear, not kindness, restrains the wicked Metus improbos compescit, non clementia. Syrus, Maxims.)
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To: NormsRevenge; All
Found this (H/T AJ Strata-Emphsis mine)

Iran’s spies set up base in Iraq’s Shiite city – report

Baghdad, Jun. 29 – Agents of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) are fomenting unrest in Iraq’s southern city of Basra, the Iraqi daily az-Zaman reported on Thursday.

Az-Zaman quoted Iraqi counter-intelligence sources as saying that fighters were being trained in Lebanon under MOIS supervision and sent via the Iranian border to infiltrate Basra.

Some of the fighters were being incorporated into the al-Hussein Battalion which has been responsible for numerous targeted killings and assassinations in Basra.

The daily quoted the sources as saying that the MOIS was the most powerful and influential intelligence service that had infiltrated Basra and several other key Iraqi cities including the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala.

“In Basra alone it has eight large intelligence bases”, it said, adding that the bases were operating under various guises.

Among the responsibilities the MOIS has in Iraq is to train and arm extremist militias for attacks on targets designated by Tehran.

Other responsibilities include gathering intelligence about large institutions and their political affiliations and pressuring heads of government departments and institutions to take positions in defence of Iran’s actions in Basra, Karbala, and Najaf, it said.

The report said that Tehran had put aside a billion dollars from state funds for meddling in Iraq.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was involved in oil smuggling in Iraq, it said, adding that the IRGC and the MOIS were jointly conducting the operation from a command headquarters in the Iranian border town of Ahwaz.

http://www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=7762
27 posted on 06/29/2006 4:13:24 PM PDT by bobsunshine
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To: NormsRevenge

Well, Geee, why didn't we try Diplomacy first? (Sarcasm)


28 posted on 06/30/2006 11:56:16 AM PDT by radar101 (The two hallmarks of Liberals: Fantasy and Hypocrisy)
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