Petraeus: “No question” that Karbala attackers were linked to Quds Force

posted at 3:55 pm on April 26, 2007 by Allahpundit

Remember the Karbala attack? Men dressed as American troops, speaking English and driving SUVs like the ones U.S. diplomats do, bypassed an Iraqi checkpoint in January and raided the governor’s office, killing one American soldier and kidnapping four more. All four were later found murdered, shot through the head. The theory was that it was a reprisal attack for the capture of the five Quds Force officers in Irbil by U.S. troops a few weeks earlier, and that it was carried out by a squad with unusually professional training — far beyond what the typical Shiite goon squad would be capable of.

Last month the military announced that it had busted a network led by Qais Khazali, a former Sadr spokesman who had allegedly become the leader of a breakaway wing of the Mahdi Army whose allegiance was to Iran. I wrote about Khazali and his network last month, theorizing that he and his boys must have been among those Shiites who are allegedly being trained in camps outside Tehran by the Revolutionary Guard for paramilitary operations against U.S. troops. And now here’s Petraeus today during his press conference, almost (but not quite) saying the same thing:

“There is no question that the Al-Qazhali network was connected to the Iranian Qods Force — received money, training, arms, ammunition, and at some points in time even advice and assistance,” Petraeus said.

Petraeus said the evidence of Qods Force involvement emerged in interrogations of the network’s captured leader and other cell members rolled up in subsequent raids over the past month.

“We discovered a 22 page memorandum on a computer that detailed the planning, preparation, approval process and conduct of the operation that resulted in five of our soldiers being killed in Karbala,” he said.

“There are numerous documents which detail a number of different attacks on coalition forces, and our sense is that these records were kept so that they could be handed in to whoever was financing them,” he said.

“No question, again, that financing is taking place through the Qods Force of the Iranian Republican Guard Corps,” he said.

The Blotter reported last month that ID cards belonging to some of the American soldiers killed at Karbala were found at the scene when Khazali’s men were arrested.

Petraeus went on to claim that the Quds Force is hooking people up with the parts needed to make super-explosive EFP charges (which the U.S. government has suspected them of doing for almost two years). What he didn’t claim was that the Iranian government knows this is going on; there’s no way he can prove that, obviously, and after the WMD debacle he’s not going to try. But the Quds Force is among the most elite units of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard and, according to WaPo, its commanding officer reports directly to Khamenei himself. You do the math.

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But I’ve been told if we pull out they will all make nicey nice with each other.
And that Iran is full of good people that have the right to go where they please.
I am confused now, I need to ask Nancy what to think of this.

bbz123 on April 26, 2007 at 4:10 PM

There goes that wacky right-wing press again, trying to help the Bush administration cook up reasons for a war in Iran.

Remember, being wrong about WMD in Iraq means we can never attack another rogue state again, no matter what they do. Because BUSH is the real terrorist. Or something.

Enrique on April 26, 2007 at 4:19 PM

Harry Reid won’t ever know that since he isn’t speaking to any military riff-raff in Iraq. He’s getting his intel from Cindy Sheehan and Sean Penn.

Iran is a nuclear super power in the Middle East (let’s just cut to the chase) and does whatever they want. I’m sure Israel, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordon, Kuwait and the rest of them are all waiting for the other shoe to drop…….meanwhile the United States elects the biggest supporters of Islamic Jihad since the Taliban. The only hope now for freedom loving people in the West is Israel. Hopefully they will put our weapons to good use.

Hening on April 26, 2007 at 4:28 PM

Bush unfortunately has zero credibility. He’s not a winner, either, which is why he can’t do anything about Iran. It’s a shame, too.

PRCalDude on April 26, 2007 at 4:28 PM

Harry Reid won’t ever know that since he isn’t speaking to any military riff-raff in Iraq. He’s getting his intel from Cindy Sheehan and Sean Penn.

Iran is a nuclear super power in the Middle East (let’s just cut to the chase) and does whatever they want. I’m sure Israel, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordon, Kuwait and the rest of them are all waiting for the other shoe to drop…….meanwhile the United States elects the biggest supporters of Islamic Jihad since the Taliban. The only hope now for freedom loving people in the West is Israel. Hopefully they will put our weapons to good use.

Hening on April 26, 2007 at 4:28 PM

Amen.

Viper1 on April 26, 2007 at 4:37 PM

That’s fine. America will only take so much.
There’s a lot of fight left in this old dog.

unamused on April 26, 2007 at 4:44 PM

‘Follow the yellow brick road Follow the yellow brick road Follow Follow Follow Follow Follow the yellow brick road’ Harry reid could be the cowardly lion. Wasn’t there huge poppy feilds involved in that story too. Using that logic the yellow brick road leads straight through Iran to Afganistan.

sonnyspats1 on April 26, 2007 at 5:08 PM

Well, despite the mouth-foaming that you will get from the Reid-Pelosi-O’Donnell (Lawrence and Rosie)-Dellums Democrats, we obviously need to send a few non-nuke cruise missiles into the military bases of Iran to destroy some air capability.

It will make a lot of people unhappy, but they can all GFTs. What Quds did is a clear act of war — the 34th by my count — against our great country without so much as a whimper so far. Time to bring this to a head and draw out the rats in Tehran.

Jaibones on April 26, 2007 at 5:44 PM

I think we now know why Harry “I’m a god damn traitor” Reid and Taliban Nancy refused to attend Petraeus briefing. They must have known that he was going to implicate Iran and they didn’t want to have to take action against their benefactors.

Rock on……………

doriangrey on April 26, 2007 at 5:54 PM

We don’t have to worry about our troops fighting in a civil war in Iraq. By this time next year they will be home fighting one here.

Limerick on April 26, 2007 at 6:21 PM

Why is that not an act of war?

I am not suggesting that it means the US has to go to war…there are many and varied possible responses. But at least characterize the situation truthfully.

Blaise on April 26, 2007 at 6:26 PM

Run run run like little scared girls, waaaaaaa Iran is going to be a super power, THE DEMS are going to let them, cry cry cry OH NO RUN RUN RUN its terrible we are all going to die. SHUT UP.

All this coward BULL. All this ONLY the Republicans understand the threat, to vote democrat is to die, the terrorist will ATTACK us if we elect a DEM president, is self serving bull. Iran BY THE WAY is many many many years from haveing a nuke. You know we will bomb the crap out of them before that happens but WE HAVE TIME. Relax all you FEAR MONGER FOOLS.

DO YOU GUYS HAVE A CLUE? BIG FREAKING DEAL Iran is in Iraq. Iran is trying to influence Iraq? NO KIDDING. Iran would like us to leave? NO KIDDING. As every nation done this? USSR in afghanistan, USA supported Osama Bin Laden. Vietnam? China supported them against the US. Korea? USSR and China supported N Korea against the USA. We, America, have supported one side in all kinds of wars, coups, overthrows and all manner of governments. NOW YOU ARE surprised or predicted the OBVIOUS. Please.

You all give so much terror and credit to a bunch of people that blow them self up for a hummer in heaven. They got lucky on 9/11 with box cutters and we where sleeping at the switch. Rice had a report “Osama Bin Laden determined to attack America”. Ignored. Not saying they are not dangerous but last I checked Al Qaeda does not have a Navy or Air Force, nor are they going to swim across the Atlantic. Being in Iraq does not KEEP them from coming HERE. Another Lie and Fear Tactic the GOP uses to control the country. It just means we WASTE american lives and BILLIONS every week to have them shot at in the middle of a civil war. No one knows what will happen but we will try to keep Iran OUT and support the SIDE we want to win, but some one will win. It will be a blood bath but ITS THAT ALREADY, just right now its costing us lives and treasure.

gmcjetpilot on April 26, 2007 at 6:45 PM

gmcjetpilot

Please give Dr. Kevorkian a call you are desperately in need of his services…….

Rock on……………

doriangrey on April 26, 2007 at 9:15 PM

Limerick,

And considering that most of our troops are conservatives and will remember being stabbed in the back by liberals I really wouldnt want to be a liberal when they get home.

http://www.mp3.com.au/artist.asp?id=16834

Rock on…………

doriangrey on April 26, 2007 at 9:17 PM

Why is Sadr still alive?

Isn’t that like the defeat of Berlin and granting Himmler’s request to be Minister of Police?

Tim Burton on April 26, 2007 at 10:49 PM

gmcjetpilot,

Every time you reach over to hit the CAPS LOCK key you spill some Kool Aid.

“They got lucky on 9/11″??? We ignored the threat ‘way over there’ in Afghanistan, allowing AQ to plan and execute the 9/11 atrocity. But if we leave Iraq, they won’t set up the same terror breeding ground in our absence? Heck, even Michael Ware knows that.

common sensineer on April 26, 2007 at 10:56 PM

We are in military conflict with the Iranian radicals and will be until the Iranian people overthrow the mullahs.

Phil Byler on April 26, 2007 at 11:33 PM

Jihad knows no country. Or national name.

Islamofascism may have as many heads as a hydra, but they al beat to the same psychotic, teroristic heart.

At the level of the Jihad, there are no “Iranians”, only jihadist Muslims. There are no “Iraqis”, no “Pakistanis”, no “Moroccans”, no “Syrians”, no “Palestinians”, no “Afghanis”. Only radical jihadis.

Different tentacles of the same homicidal Beast.

The Jihad.

This mistaking of the limbs for individual actors is the continuing folly of the West.

And the jihadis from each area play upon the short-sightedness of the believers in countries (and not the Ummah) to feint and weave and dodge and distract.

Strike at the heart, ignore the weaving arms.
They die when the heart stops.

profitsbeard on April 27, 2007 at 1:09 AM

gmcjetpilot,

Vote Democrat, vote traitor.

georgej on April 27, 2007 at 6:34 AM