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Fort Leavenworth analyst: Iran embedded in Iraqi civil war


Here are recent headlines about the military in Kansas:Fort Leavenworth[(New York Sun) Debate Erupts Among Spy Services Over Iran's Role in Battle of Iraq:][1] Iran's intentions in Iraq were explored in a paper released this month by a former Army translator and current analyst for the Fort Leavenworth, Kan.-based Foreign Military Studies Office, a U.S. Army branch that works largely with open source material for analysis of foreign militaries. In the paper, " Iran's Contribution to the Civil War in Iraq," Mounir Elkhamri says Iran's Quds Force has worked to create a rump Shiite state in southern Iraq since shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and that the Shiite militias killing Sunni civilians in Iraq are working at the behest of Iranian intelligence and Revolutionary Guard. Documents captured from Saddam Hussein's intelligence service show " Iran's deep penetration in Iraqi society and institutions. Iran clandestinely supported the U.S. invasion of Iraq and took measures to turn it to her advantage," Mr. Elkhamri writes in the paper, published by a Washington-based national security think tank that includes both Democrats and Republicans on its board, the Jamestown Foundation.Fort Riley[(AP) Fort Riley brigade says goodbye for year in Iraq:][2] Two days after President Bush pleaded with Congress to give his strategy in Iraq a chance, a brigade from this post that will be part of the second wave of Bush's planned increase in troops said goodbye Thursday to its families. In the coming days, 3,400 soldiers from the 1st Infantry Divisions' 4th Brigade will board planes and head to Iraq, where they will be thrust into the fight to quell escalating violence in Baghdad. About 35 percent of the brigade's soldiers are making what is at least their second trip to Iraq. [1]: http://www.nysun.com/article/47446?page_no=2 [2]: http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/16546983.htm


Tom McCune 11 years, 5 months ago

I have some Iranian friends who think they are next, but I just can't believe that is right. The US military is under major strains now and there is just no way we have the resources to go into one more country, even if we wanted to. And I really hope that we don't want to. That would add a catastrophe on top of a disaster.

temperance 11 years, 5 months ago

A military strike on Iran would be catastrophic. Ahmadinejad is deeply unpopular with a large swath of the Iranian populus, but a military strike by the US would fuel anti-American anger and swell the ranks of Ahmadinejad's hard-line. Moreover, it wouldn't slow down their nuclear program; it would accelerate it because it would convince them (quite rationally) that they can only defend their interests by acquiring the bomb. After our attack, Iran will release a wave of suicide bombers against available US & Israeli targets and they'll mess with the Strait of Hormuz. Our position in Iraq will grow weaker and our position in the world will become more isolated. There are no good military options in Iran: http://thinkprogress.org/iran-military-option

The Bush administration is overstating their case against Iran as a pretext for an attack. They did it before & they're doing it now.

"British Find No Evidence of Arms Traffic from Iran" http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/03/AR2006100301577.html

"Scant Evidence Found of Iran-Iraq Arms Link" http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iraniraq23jan23,0,4316481.story?coll=la-home-headlines

"Bombs away!!" You tell 'em warrior! The thought of the bombing kinda makes you excited, doesn't it? Kinda like a cool videogame . . .

fliesinyoureyes 11 years, 5 months ago

Why should we not cry about the human rights atrocities the Iranians are committing right now against innocent Iraqis?

That Iran advocates and pays for the murder of thousands of innocent people to make the US look bad is pretty significant. I want to see more of these details brought to light.

A US presence is not justifiable excuse for this terrorist act of civilian slaughter.

drederick_tatum 11 years, 5 months ago

Ahmadinejad is Hitler reincarnated, and just like the 30s, we're not gonna do anything about him until its too late. If you don't believe me take a look at this:


lefthanded 11 years, 5 months ago

Ahmadinejad is becoming increasingly less popular thanks to some tricks we're playing on Iran already. For all his rhetoric, the real leadership in Iranian doesn't want to get into a fight with the US. Temperance indicated something about suicide bombers unleashed if we outright attack Iran. This has been popular in the media, however, we merely need to indicate that such an attack will continue if anything of the kind happens. Iranian has had plans for the Persian Gulf for decades.

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