Smoking Gun

US and coalition forces in Iraq have captured weapons bearing Iranian markings and with manufacture dates in 2006. These are not weapons that have found their way onto the international arms market. These had to have come directly from Iran. There is not even a pretense at plausible deniability here.

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2006 —  U.S. officials say they have found smoking-gun evidence of Iranian support for terrorists in Iraq: brand-new weapons fresh from Iranian factories. According to a senior defense official, coalition forces have recently seized Iranian-made weapons and munitions that bear manufacturing dates in 2006.

This suggests, say the sources, that the material is going directly from Iranian factories to Shia militias, rather than taking a roundabout path through the black market. "There is no way this could be done without (Iranian) government approval," says a senior official.

Iranian-made munitions found in Iraq include advanced IEDs designed to pierce armor and anti-tank weapons. U.S. intelligence believes the weapons have been supplied to Iraq's growing Shia militias from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, which is also believed to be training Iraqi militia fighters in Iran.

Evidence is mounting, too, that the most powerful militia in Iraq, Moktada al-Sadr's Mahdi army, is receiving training support from the Iranian-backed terrorists of Hezbollah.

Two senior U.S. defense officials confirmed to ABC News earlier reports that fighters from the Mahdi army have traveled to Lebanon to receive training from Hezbollah.

These are the folks the "realists" want to chat with. These are acts of war against the US.

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3 Responses to Smoking Gun

  1. Former Republican says:

    Gaius , you go beyond your source, which is not like you. You say these weapons “had to have come directly from Iran.” Your source says: “This suggests, say the sources, that the material is going directly from Iranian factories to Shia militias …” It suggests it, yes. It doesn’t make it a certainty. It’s perfectly possible for weapons to be manufactured in Iran, then a few months later be on the black market, then a few months later in Iraq. The timing would be tight but not impossibly so.

    BTW, was it an act of war against the Soviet Union for the US to supply the Afghan insurgents with Stingers, etc.? Just curious.

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