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March 13, 2007

Petraeus: Iran Training, Arming Militants

Gen. David Petraeus

Petraeus: Iran Training, Arming Militants
Las Vegas Sun

The top U.S. commander in Iraq said in an interview released Monday that it's "indisputable" Iran is training and arming militants to fight against U.S.-led troops in Iraq.

Gen. David Petraeus also told ABC News that suicide bombers are streaming across Iraq's border from Syria and making their way into the country's volatile western Anbar province.

His comments follow a harsh exchange of words over the weekend between the U.S. and Iran at a conference in Baghdad on Iraq's security. The U.S. envoy to the talks, David Satterfield, said he had evidence that Iran was arming Shiite Muslim militias in Iraq, which his Iranian counterpart, Abbas Araghchi, vehemently denied. He called such accusations a "cover" for U.S. failures in Iraq.

At the conference, both Iran and Syria pledged to support moves to stabilize Iraq, including reconciliation among Iraq's factions. But U.S. and Iraqi leaders have questioned Iran's commitment to backing such American-led efforts.

In the interview with ABC, Petraeus said cooperation from Iran and Syria would be key to stopping the violence in Iraq.

He said there are elements of Iran's Revolutionary Guards elite Quds Force that are training fighters and sending them into Iraq to fight U.S.-led forces. He said Iran is also sending "rockets, mortars and other explosives and munitions" into the country.

"That's indisputable and again it's a very, very problematic situation four our soldiers and Iraqi soldiers," he told ABC.
"And if it's something that can be brought to a halt through these initiatives of the Iraqi government, we would applaud that vigorously," he said, referring to the talks in Baghdad aimed at bringing security to the country.

Wild Thing's comment.......

Can we close the border with Iran? No trade, nothing! Then evacuate an area about 5 clicks wide along the border and declare it a free fire zone. Then slaughter anything that moves in that area???? Would that work to make our point we are fed up with this BS from Iran and heck Syria too.

Posted by Wild Thing at March 13, 2007 12:40 AM


Iran and Syria, the Cambodia and Laos of this war.

Posted by: TomR at March 13, 2007 12:40 PM

Tom great comparison, your right.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 14, 2007 01:35 AM