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First Item On The Agenda: Please Stop Killing Our Soliders

Now that Iran is sending an envoy to the regional talks on Iraq's security, it's worth asking to what extent the Islamic Republic suborns and enables the jihadist murder in Iraq. Here is David Petraeus: We do definitely see links … Read More

By / April 30, 2007

Now that Iran is sending an envoy to the regional talks on Iraq's security, it's worth asking to what extent the Islamic Republic suborns and enables the jihadist murder in Iraq. Here is David Petraeus:

We do definitely see links to the greater al Qaeda network. . . . There is no question but that there is a network that supports the movement of foreign fighters through Syria into Iraq. . . . The Iranian involvement has really become much clearer to us and brought into much more focus during the interrogation of the members–the heads of the Qazali network and some of the key members of that network that have been in detention now for a month or more. This is the head of the secret cell network, the extremist secret cells. They were provided substantial funding, training on Iranian soil, advanced explosive munitions and technologies, as well as run-of-the-mill arms and ammunition, in some cases advice, and in some cases even a degree of direction. When we captured these individuals–the initial capture, and then there have been a number of others since then–we discovered, for example, a 22-page memorandum on a computer that detailed the planning, preparation, approval process, and conduct of the operation that resulted in five of our soldiers being killed in Karbala. . . . [T]he spectacular car bomb attacks, which we believe are generally al Qaeda and elements sort of connected to al Qaeda. Typically, in fact, still we believe that, oh, 80 percent to 90 percent of the suicide attacks are carried out by foreigners. That's a network, again, that typically brings them in through Syria and is–again a major concern and certainly a hope that Syria will crack down on the ability of people to come through their airport and so forth and then be brought into Iraq. . . .

 

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