- Nov 22, 2003
Very. See, Iran has been fingered by GW as a villan, yet they are a strawman. Well not really, as evidence shows. But never mind that, GW is trying to get us into a war, because of Israel. Well Israel has been targeted over and over again by Hizbollah, an Iran proxy. Well, no not true, well maybe, but not. It's Israel's fault that the Palestinians still do not have a country, so there. Well they do sort of cause problems via Hamas, a proxy of Hizbollah, but moving along...
Elite Iranian corps enmeshed in Iraq
By LEE KEATH, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 19 minutes ago
CAIRO, Egypt -
Iran's secretive Quds Force, accused by the United States of arming Iraqi militants with deadly bomb-making material, has built up an extensive network in the war-torn country, recruiting Iraqis and supporting not only Shiite militias but also Shiites allied with Washington.
Still unclear, however, is how closely Iran's top leadership is directing the Quds Force's operations and whether Iran has intended for its help to Shiite militias to be turned against U.S. forces.
Iran likely does not want a direct confrontation with American troops in
Iraq but is backing militiamen to ensure Shiites win any future civil war with Iraqi Sunnis after the Americans leave, several experts said Thursday.
The Quds Force's role underlines how deeply enmeshed Iran is in its neighbor and how the U.S. could face resistance even from its allies in Iraq if it tries to uproot Iran's influence in the country.
The Quds (pronounced "KOHds") Force the name means "Jerusalem" in Farsi and Arabic is the most elite and covert of Iran's military branches. Over the past two decades, the corps is believed to have helped arm and train the Hezbollah guerrilla group in Lebanon, Islamic fighters in Bosnia and
Afghanistan, and even Sudanese troops fighting in south Sudan...