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  • Iran's Expanding Military Role in Iraq

    09/11/2014 9:32:31 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Washington Institute ^ | September 8, 2014
    Despite the loss of a close ally in outgoing prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) appears ready to move on by offering substantial military support to his successor in Baghdad. As incoming Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi goes about the business of forming a new government, Iran seems intent on expanding direct military assistance to its neighbor. Tehran made a major military commitment to Baghdad while Maliki was still clinging to power, and the political and military steps it has reportedly taken since then indicate determined support for a nascent government that remains dominated by Maliki's...
  • Photo brings Iran's plans for Iraq into sharp focus

    04/28/2012 9:34:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Greater Dandenong Weekly ^ | 28 Apr, 2012 03:00 AM | PAUL MCGEOUGH
    A PUBLIC relations stumble between Tehran and Baghdad has intensified speculation that one of Iran’s most senior clerics is about to extend his power—and Iran’s theocratic system—into Iraq.On his return from a visit to Tehran, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office released statements on his meetings with several senior Iranian officials—but it was silent on Mr. Maliki’s encounter with 63-year-old Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi. Despite a Baghdad blackout on what is understood to have been their third meeting in recent months, Iran’s government-run news agency IRNA released a photograph of Mr. Maliki and Ayatollah Shahroudi—who is Iraqi by birth—greeting each...
  • Without Syria, Iran is headless in Iraq

    12/19/2011 4:44:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Gulf News ^ | Tuesday, December 20, 2011 | Sami Moubayed of Forward Magazine
    A few years back, Iran formulated a scenario for "the day after" Hezbollah leaves the scene in Lebanon, either if a new civil war breaks out or if the Syrians signed a peace treaty with Israel. Iran wanted to make sure that a Plan B was ready, automatically switching to a military group that would do the job Hezbollah had been doing, in terms of promoting and defending Iranian influence in the Arab world while "protecting" Arab Shiites... The conditions in Iraq, after all, were similar to those in Lebanon when Hezbollah was founded in the early 1980s. There was...
  • Iran ready to expand military links with Iraq (never saw that one coming...)

    12/25/2011 7:31:25 AM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/25/11
    Iran is ready to expand its military and security ties with Iraq, its armed forces chief of staff has said, a week after the exit of US forces from their neighbour. General Hassan Firouzabadi hailed the "forced departure" of the US and allied forces that he said "was due to the resistance and determination of the Iraqi people and government," the state Islamic Republic News Agency reported. The statements were made in messages Gen Firouzabadi sent to his Iraqi counterpart, Lieutenant General Babaker Zebari, and to Iraq's acting defence minister, Saadun al-Dulaimi, IRNA said. The departure of the US troops...
  • Rumsfeld and the Realists - Consistency is irrelevant to progressives.

    11/13/2006 5:30:02 AM PST · by Fury · 3 replies · 455+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 11/13/06 | Michael Rubin
    Consistency is irrelevant to progressives. Monday, November 13, 2006 12:01 a.m. On Dec. 20, 1983, Donald Rumsfeld, then Ronald Reagan's Middle East envoy, met Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Baghdad. According to declassified documents, the Reagan administration sought to re-establish long-severed relations with Baghdad amid concern about growing Iranian influence. While U.S. intelligence had earlier confirmed Saddam's use of chemical weapons, Mr. Rumsfeld did not broach the subject. His handshake with Saddam, caught on film by Iraqi television, represented a triumph for diplomatic realism.
  • Iran gave al-Qaeda in Iraq SAM-7 missiles

    05/13/2006 9:43:52 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 16 replies · 1,035+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | May 13, 2006 | Iran Focus
    London, May 13 – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) had provided the insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq heavy weapons including anti-aircraft missiles, it emerged on Friday. The Iraqi daily az-Zaman which is published in London and Baghdad quoted credible Iraqi sources as revealing that the IRGC had given al-Qaeda in Iraq, Strela-type SAM-7 surface-to-air missiles, modern explosives, and a large number of personnel arms including Kalashnikovs and BKC machineguns. Al-Qaeda in Iraq is believed to be led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who is on the United States’ wanted list. The report said that representatives of al-Zarqawi’s group met in...
  • Flight Shows Difficulties of Policing the Iran-Iraq Border

    05/07/2006 6:26:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 297+ views
    FORT TARIK, Iraq, May 7, 2006 – Flying to this fort illustrates the challenges the Iraqi border police face in securing the frontier. After leaving Baghdad and its rivers, the groves of palm trees give way to irrigated fields. These give way to a large swamp covered with reeds and crisscrossed by a myriad of trails. At the edge of the swamp, the green disappears and miles of open desert lay ahead. For miles in any direction there is no trace of life. Where water once stood, there are large pans of salt that reflect the sun and drive the...
  • Iranians Overwhelmingly Support U.S. Presence in Iraq

    03/02/2006 10:00:53 AM PST · by SolitarySaint · 1 replies · 139+ views
    The Yankee Sailor ^ | 3/2/06 | The Yankee Sailor
    There's some interesting data points buried down deep in the recent GlobeScan/BBC poll that didn't get much press attention. The bold-face headline was, World Public Says Iraq War Has Increased Global Terrorist Threat, but that's a no-brainer. The items that aren't so obvious or expected are: - Strong majorities of Afghans and Germans believe the U.S. should stay in Iraq, regardless of what the Iraqis want. - Pluralities of Canadians, Philippinos, Italians and Finns, think America should maintain its presence.
  • General Panic (Meet Brig General Qassem Suleimani, the commander of Iran's anti-American Qods Force)

    10/05/2005 4:32:44 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 579+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 5, 2005 | Dan Darling
    WITH RECENT U.S. and British allegations that shipments of explosives similar to those used by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) are being shipped into Iraq from Iran for use by the insurgency, it is long past time for American policy-makers to examine the role of Iranian Brigadier General Qassem Suleimani and the Qods (Jerusalem) Force unit under his command in fomenting and facilitating anti-American terrorist activity since the September 11 attacks.The very nature of General Suleimani's position within the IRGC warrants him being on America's radar. As the commander of Qods Force, Suleimani is charged with overseeing the IRGC's...
  • Iranians Return to Iraq with Drugs

    07/23/2005 9:19:40 PM PDT · by Wiz · 2 replies · 231+ views
    Karbala -Among the agreements signed by the Iraqi delegation, visiting Iran recently, headed by the Prime Minister, Ibrahim Al Ja'fari, were opening new border entry stations and freeing the movement of Iranian visitors to Iraq. Despite the economic significance of the flow of Iranian visitors, many Iraqis fear that this flow would increase one of the aggravating serious problems in their country, which is the spread of taking drugs that enter Iraq from Iran. Governmental authorities' information state that the southern region and the central Euphrates region have become a major station for distributing drugs inside Iraq and smuggling it...
  • Iranians to train Iraq's military

    07/08/2005 6:01:54 AM PDT · by mario12 · 9 replies · 560+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | 7/8/05
    Iranians to train Iraq's military Mr Dulaimi is on his first official visit to the Islamic Republic Former enemies Iran and Iraq say they will launch broad military co-operation including training Iraqi armed forces. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4659287.stm
  • Bodies In Warehouse 'From Iran-Iraq War'

    04/06/2003 6:12:19 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 247+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 4-7-2003 | Andrew Johnson
    Bodies in warehouse 'from Iran-Iraq war' By Andrew Johnson 07 April 2003 Hundreds of bodies discovered in a warehouse in southern Iraq by British troops may be soldiers killed in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. The complex, found by a British artillery battery on Saturday, was initially thought to have been used to torture and execute opponents of Saddam Hussein's regime. However, initial findings by investigators searching for evidence of Iraqi war crimes suggested the two tin sheds, which contained more than 200 bodies and stacks of coffins, were a repatriation complex for casualties of the conflict. Earlier yesterday, Iran claimed...
  • Iran: Missile was Iraqi, not U.S.

    03/23/2003 8:42:01 AM PST · by Enemy Of The State · 15 replies · 226+ views
    CNN Asia ^ | 3.23.03
    <p>TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Iran believes a missile that landed inside its border last week came from Iraq and not the United States, as first suspected, the country's official IRNA news agency said Sunday.</p> <p>Interior Minister Abdolvahed Moussavi Lari said examinations indicated that the missile, which landed in the western region of Sardasht, was made by Iraq.</p>
  • Freepers need to Freep this Poll. What Nation is the largest threat to the US?

    02/06/2003 3:27:53 PM PST · by tall_tex · 19 replies · 157+ views
    Netscape ^ | Feb. 6, 2003 | self
    Looks like DU's here too. Some reason the Dem's talking points wants to hold us North Korea as the worst threat to US.