Skip to comments.Iranian Alert - August 12, 2006 - Iran presses Shi'te Militas to Step Up Attacks
Posted on 08/12/2006 1:30:41 PM PDT by freedom44
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Iran is pressing Shi'ite militias to step up attacks against the U.S.-led forces in Iraq in retaliation for the Israeli assault on Lebanon, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq told The New York Times in an interview.
Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad also told the Times in Baghdad on Friday Iran may foment even more violence as it faces off with the United States and United Nations over its nuclear program in coming weeks. The newspaper reported on the interview in Saturday editions.
The remarks were the first public statements by a senior Bush administration official directly linking violence in Iraq to Washington's support of Israel's military campaign in Lebanon, and to growing pressure by the United States over Iran's nuclear program, the Times said.
Khalilzad said the Iranian incitement had already led to a surge in mortar and rocket attacks on the Green Zone, now the seat of the Iraqi government and the American Embassy.
Western security advisers confirmed Friday there had been a recent spate of mortar and rocket attacks on the Green Zone, the Times said, but it was unclear whether anyone was wounded or killed and a spokesman for the American military, Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, declined to provide details.
According to the ambassador, the Shi'ite guerrillas behind the recent attacks are members of splinter groups of the Mahdi Army, a militia created by the radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr. Those groups are tied to Iran as well as Hizbollah, he told the Times.
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I can't decide who's better at BS, Islam or the MSM?
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