No surprise at all
From ABC News-
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2006 — U.S. officials say they have found smoking-gun evidence of Iranian support for terrorists in Iraq: brand-new weapons fresh from Iranian factories. According to a senior defense official, coalition forces have recently seized Iranian-made weapons and munitions that bear manufacturing dates in 2006.Ed at Captain's Quarters says the cat is out of the bag in regards to Iran supplying insurgents in Iraq. He also finds the timing of this revelation interesting.
This suggests, say the sources, that the material is going directly from Iranian factories to Shia militias, rather than taking a roundabout path through the black market. "There is no way this could be done without (Iranian) government approval," says a senior official.
Iranian-made munitions found in Iraq include advanced IEDs designed to pierce armor and anti-tank weapons. U.S. intelligence believes the weapons have been supplied to Iraq's growing Shia militias from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, which is also believed to be training Iraqi militia fighters in Iran.
Evidence is mounting, too, that the most powerful militia in Iraq, Moktada al-Sadr's Mahdi army, is receiving training support from the Iranian-backed terrorists of Hezbollah.
Two senior U.S. defense officials confirmed to ABC News earlier reports that fighters from the Mahdi army have traveled to Lebanon to receive training from Hezbollah.
Except TFM has already read about Iran and the IEDs. Bob Woodward reported this in his book 'State of Denial'.(Which I completed reading two weeks ago and assume Ed hasn't read yet.) In fact, its well known that Iran and Syria having been supplying the insurgency from the beginning.
Yes Iran by doing this is technically at a state of war with the US. What will this country do about it? Nothing I'm betting. Iraq is a mess partly because we can't close off the borders with the troops we have there at present. I hate to sound pessimistic but a total border clamp down may not be impossible as may be the chances of the US being successful in that country. Almost four years since the invasion of Iraq and politicians in Washington are still talking progress but in fact the situation there is getting worse not better.
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