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Iran Responsible for Murder of 5 US Soldiers in Karbala?

UPDATE I:  Curt at Flopping Aces has MUCH more here:  It’s About Time.  By the way, as you are reading all of this, ask yourself something.  Why are we not getting this extensive background and detail of the world’s biggest problem from the “professional” journlists in the “mainstream” media and from our elected politicians in Congress?  You and I both know why…

Whether we admit it or not, we are at war with Iran.  We have been for decades but have denied it all along.  Will it take the Iraq war for our country to realize that the country that spawned radical islam has been the enemy all along?  From Beirut to Grenada, from Kuwait to Iraq…. Iran has been the heart and soul of all that is evil in this world and now they are systematically killing our troops while they pretend to be something they are not. Via Powerline:

The National Council of Resistance, an Iranian opposition group headquartered in France, claims that thousands of Iraqis are paid Iranian agents. The group “released the names, alleged dates of recruitment by Iran and the supposed salaries of 31,690 Iraqis.”

President Bush has decided its now time to throw down the gauntlet, something ALL of his predecessors decided was not prudent.  We have been trying to appease the war critics by making nice with the Mullahs while all along they have been making war.  Question is, will it be too late?  Many have missed the fact that this new strategy has been in place since last summer, it’s not brand new, and it’s not a kneejerk reaction to the latest violence perpetrated by the Iranians.  but we should have been doing this all along.  Bush waited far too long due to the left’s incessant wails, he obviously tried to appease them by showing that he could try to negotiate with those who know only strength and violence. 

It’s now almost a foregone conclusion that if we do decide to really tackle Iran it will be a bloody confrontation.  Will our country have the backbone to support that or will there be cries and wails from the left and our MSM?  We know the answer to that question already unfortunately. 

So Bush is going to need our support in countering the MSM and their lefty cohorts when they spout:

Administration Strategy Stirs Concern Among Some Officials …

As they did in the above article.  The doves will be “concerned” about everything and anything put in place by a Republican until a plane flies into their building and puts them to rest permanently.  Nothing we can do about their “concern”.  All we can do is send a message to Washington and to our troops that we support taking the war to the enemy and make no bones about it, Iran IS the enemy.UPDATE

Bill Roggio on some internal happenings inside Iran:

Internal political pressure against Ahmadinejad have risen since his party lost important elections for the Assembly of Experts and in the municipal councils. There is a real fear Ahmadinejad’s policies are leading to economic collapse and open confrontation with the West. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, snubbed Ahmadinejad by declining a meeting just one week after his newspaper criticized Ahmadinejad’s aggressive posture on the Iranian nuclear program.

Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the one-time successor to Ayatollah Khomenei, the founder of the Islamic Republic, criticized Ahmadinejad’s policies. “It is necessary to act with reason with the enemy and not provoke it. Extremism does not do people any good,” said Montazeri. Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former president who lost to Ahmadinejad in 2005, “believes Iran may have to yield to western demands to suspend uranium enrichment to save the country’s Islamic system from collapse.” Rafsanjani is also the head of a political block seeking to impeach four of Ahmadinejad’s ministers, and possibly Ahmadinejad himself.

Escalating the fight inside Iraq against Iranian agents may very well widen the chasm between those extremists and moderates in Iran.  Just one more reason the new Bush doctrine against Iran may work.

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Bill Roggio has the details at The CounterTerrorism Blog, a weekly must-read to keep up on the details in worldwide terrorism which the “mainstream” media is too incompetent to report (or deliberately censoring from the American public).

Found via Bryan Preston at HotAir, who makes a good point in saying that the recent announcement that Iranians in Iraq are now fair game for being killed or caputured makes sense now (even though it should have been official policy much sooner than now.)

The Iranians may be responsible the conducting the attack that resulted in the murder of five American soldiers in Karbala

On January 20th, a team of twelve men disguised as U.S. soldiers entered the Provincial Joint Coordination Center in Karbala, where U.S. soldiers conducted a meeting with local officials, and attacked and killed five soldiers, and wounded another three. The initial reports indicated the five were killed in the Karbala JCC, however the U.S. military has reported that four of those killed were actually removed from the center, handcuffed, and murdered.

The American Forces Information Service provides the details of the attack in Karbala. Based on the sophisticated nature of the raid, as well as the response, or cryptic non-responses, from multiple military and intelligence sources, this raid appears to have been directed and executed by the Qods Force branch of the Iranian Republican Guard Corps. My sources agreed this is far to sophisticated an operation for the Mahdi Army or Badr Corps, while al-Qaeda in Iraq would have a difficult time mounting such an operation in the Shia south. “The Karbala Government Center raid the other day was a little too professional for JAM [Jaish al-Mahdi, or the Mahdi Army],” according to a military source.

This raid required specific intelligence, in depth training for the agents to pass as American troops, resources to provide for weapons, vehicles, uniforms, identification, radios and other items needed to successfully carry out the mission. Hezbollah’s Imad Mugniyah executed a similar attack against Israeli forces on the Lebanese border, which initiated the Hezbollah-Israeli war during the summer of 2006.

The details from the Karbala raid from AFIS:

“The precision of the attack, the equipment used and the possible use of explosives to destroy the military vehicles in the compound suggests that the attack was well rehearsed prior to execution,” said Army Lt. Col. Scott Bleichwehl, spokesman for Multinational Division Baghdad. “The attackers went straight to where Americans were located in the provincial government facility, bypassing the Iraqi police in the compound.” At about 5 p.m. that day, a convoy consisting of at least five sport utility vehicles entered the Karbala compound and about 12 armed militants attacked the American troops with rifle fire and hand grenades, officials said.

One soldier was killed and three others wounded by a hand grenade thrown into the center’s main office. Other explosions within the compound destroyed three Humvees.

The attackers withdrew with four captured U.S. soldiers and drove out of the Karbala province into the neighboring Babil province. Iraqi police began trailing the assailants after they drew suspicion at a checkpoint.

Three soldiers were found dead and one fatally wounded, along with five abandoned vehicles, near the town of Mahawil. Two were found handcuffed together in the back of one of the vehicles. The other two were found nearby on the ground. One soldier was found alive but died en route to a nearby hospital. All suffered from gunshot wounds.

Also recovered at the site were U.S. Army-type combat uniforms, boots, radios and a non-U.S. made rifle, officials said.

Mahawil is in Babil province, about 27 miles directly west of Karbala. While it is impossible to prove, the attackers may have been making a bee-line towards the Iranian border.

The Karbala raid makes sense in light of the U.S. raids on the Iranian diplomatic missions in Baghdad and Irbil, where Iranian Qods Force agents were captured, along with documentation that divulged Iran’s involvement with and support of Shia death squads, the Sunni insurgent, and al-Qaeda in Iraq and Ansar al-Sunnah. Five Iranians from the Irbil raid are still in U.S. custody, and captured U.S. soldiers would provide for excellent bargaining chips.

IF it is confirmed that Iran’s Qods Force was responsible, the news that the United States has authorized the death or captured of Iranian agents inside Iraq, as well as in Afghanistan and Lebanon makes all the more sense.

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January 27, 2007 , 4:19PM - Posted by | Iran, Iraq, Military, Terrorism, War Effort in Iraq

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