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Another incident involving Iranians


American and Iraqi joint patrols, along with U.S. Special Operations (search) teams, captured two men with explosives in Baghdad on Monday who identified themselves as Iranian intelligence officers, FOX News has confirmed.

Senior officials said it was previously believed that Iran had officers inside Iraq stirring up violence, but this is the first time that self-proclaimed Iranian intelligence agents have been captured within the country.

It shouldn't come as a surprise. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards are a defence export asset for the ayatollahs. They've had up to 1000 of their men training Hezbollah and others at camps in Lebanon's Beka'a Valley for years. Bear in mind they've reason to be nervous with Bush in the White House and a powerful US army in their backyard. There were Iranian agents and clerics roaming around the Basra area within days of its capture last year.
I find the concept that Iran is using the Iraqi situation to weaken the US by proxy credible. I do have some difficulty with the degree of incompetence apparently exhibited by the "Iranians" though. At the very least you'd expect them to have some degree of deniability built in. It does help the current US administration though - but maybe that's being too paranoid.
It's unlikely the Iranian "agents" would have much influence in the Baghdad area. The people there are Sunni. The Iranians, in common with the population of southern Iraq, are Shiia. The Sunni will not have forgotten nor forgiven the huge casualties of the 1980-88 border war, even if they did start it.


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brighton hippy said:
yes but fox news is the sport for people fat to make to a newsagent :cry:

Whoa - too much waccy-backy down by the seaside there B_H !

( Trans: Fox News is for people too fat to make it to the papershop!)

I'll be interested to see what Reuters/AFP/BBC monitoring have to say on this one....

The guy who posted the original note describes himself as a Law Professor at the University of Tennessee.

So let's see then:

A) Merkin
B) Journalist
C) Lawyer

scoop or silly season page filler ?

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