Iran training Iraqi hit squads

posted at 8:15 am on August 15, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The Associated Press reports that Iran’s Quds force has Iraqi Shiite assassination squads in training in four or more locations. Their mission? To kill Iraqi government officials, Iraqi and American troops, and in general wreak havoc to ensure the collapse of the democratically-elected government:

The officer on Wednesday provided Iraq’s national security adviser with several lists of the assassination teams’ expected targets. He said the targets include many judges but would not otherwise identify them. Iraq’s intelligence service is preparing operations to determine where and when the special group fighters will enter the country and is to provide an assessment to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

The U.S. official acknowledged disclosing the information in an attempt to pressure Iran to suspend the training and prevent the militia fighters from returning to Iraq. The U.S. military also wants the Iraqi government to take steps to protect the targets. “Wanted” posters picturing men believed to be heading the special groups are being posted around Baghdad, the military officer said. …

The fighters are expected to return to Iraq between now and October, but the officer said there’s no intelligence suggesting they are actually in Iraq yet. The information came from militia fighters captured in Iraq and other sources in the country that the officer would not describe.

The sourcing here is somewhat interesting.  The AP learned this from a “senior US military intelligence officer” in the Iraqi capital, a group which doesn’t chat with journalists without a specific purpose.  Their source says the best way Iraq can defend itself is to speed up rebuilding and to complete political reconciliation, the pace of which has frustrated the US.  It sounds like the US has been pressing Nouri al-Maliki for action on these issues, and has not gotten the response it wants, and that releasing the information about Iranian-led assassination squads intends on lighting a fire.

Iran wants to create a Hezbollah for Iraq, in form if not in name.  They want control over a radical Shi’ite militia that will dictate policy to a weak central government, just as they have in Lebanon.  If Iran can accomplish this, they will have created a linkage from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean of radical Islamist nations, all under the direction of Teheran.  It will establish a firm conduit for terrorist movement throughout Southwest Asia and threaten the world’s oil supplies.

Remember when Obama wanted to talk to Iran to see if there were “areas of potential common interest”? What would those be — assassinating elected leaders in a country allied to ours?

Talking isn’t the problem here. We’d talk with Iran once it stops acting like a gangster state. The problem is the notion that we’re going to find common interest with a government bent on conquest through terrorism, and that credulity which seeps through Obama’s naive sense of foreign policy.

Iran represents a grave threat to the region on several levels. Most of us understand that threat; Obama doesn’t have a clue.


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What DOES Obama have a clue on?

He slept through Rev. Wright’s speeches. Along with everything else, apparently.

Remind me again why anyone thinks Sleeping Beauty here, would make a good President?

NoDonkey on August 15, 2008 at 8:21 AM

Democrats in general don’t have a clue. No need to single out Obama.

MarkTheGreat on August 15, 2008 at 8:23 AM

I think a gathering of a storm is brewing,
if Iran is training and sending thier hit goons,
into Iraq between now and the election,thats a
distraction!

And Russia is claimimg that the missile system was
not to deter Iran,but Russia!

I think Iran is banking on the missiles pointing at
them are being sent to Poland,sumpin ain’t right here!

And Hisbollah is bragging about how many rockets they
got,and how far they go in todays JP!

I think Georgia is a diversion

canopfor on August 15, 2008 at 8:32 AM

While on this subject, would it be possible to press the messiah about these statements also…

I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems…

…I will not weaponize space…

…I will slow development of future combat systems…

…and I will institute a “Defense Priorities Board” to ensure the quadrennial defense review is not used to justify unnecessary spending…

…I will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons…

…and to seek that goal, I will not develop nuclear weapons…

…I will seek a global ban on the development of fissile material…

…and I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair-trigger alert…

…and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenals…

Keemo on August 15, 2008 at 8:33 AM

Maybe Obama could talk w/ dinner jacket and have some of pesky republicans done away with. I wouldn’t put it past him. By the way, does anyone know if any prominent Iranians sent Obama a large donation ?

2theright on August 15, 2008 at 8:38 AM

Obama is just a slick version of Jesse Jackson. NOT Presidential material.

marklmail on August 15, 2008 at 8:42 AM

Obama needs to use better words that means things!

I’ve got it,Obama needs to use words of action!

Like,if Iran keeps sending in their Jihady goons,
into Iraq trying to assassinate Irag officials,then
Obama could get Nancy to write a nasty letter,and
have it signed by Madaile Albright also!

And if that doesn’t rattle the Iranians,Pelosi can
then threaten the Iranians with Carter!

That should work! A hum! haha.

canopfor on August 15, 2008 at 8:43 AM

Barack Obama—the favorite candidate of rogue nations.

becki51758 on August 15, 2008 at 8:46 AM

Keemo on August 15, 2008 at 8:33 AM

Yes, I’ve been waiting for a Republican or McCain commercial spelling out Obama’s desire to gut our military and severely curtail future spending on weapons development.

Given the fact that we face a growing number of threats from a growing number of places, now might be a good time to remind voters that Obama is determined to make the U.S. less –not more — capable of responding to those threats.

AZCoyote on August 15, 2008 at 8:48 AM

Heres a commercial:

While Obama waits for his 3:AM call,

meanwhile the enemy isn’t sleeping,

McCain has all the systems in place,

Unlike Obama,McCain,and America gets
a goodnight sleep!

canopfor on August 15, 2008 at 8:54 AM

This rookie and Pelosi ought to be laughing stocks, but instead they rise to the highest levels. their party is a circus, with pt barnum dean in charge

billypaintbrush on August 15, 2008 at 8:56 AM

AZCoyote on August 15, 2008 at 8:48 AM

It’s simply amazing to watch Liberals in action. They want to allow countries such as Iran to get nuclear weapons, while at the same time demanding that America get rid of our nuclear weapons. They “freak out” when accused of being unpatriotic, but have no intelligent answer for exactly why America should disarm while allowing the rest of the world to power up. They want our economy to be in step with the rest of the world because it’s embarrassing to them that Europe pays much more for a gallon of gas while Americans are busy using up much of the worlds energy.

The enemy within… The day seems to be coming at us like a freight train, when we must fight the enemy within with something other than words. Not saying I have the answer, or the method of engagement; just saying that “the fairness doctrine” and other methods of taking our words away are coming if Liberals have their way with us once again.

Keemo on August 15, 2008 at 9:13 AM

So why aren’t the Tommahawks cruisin towards these training camps? Or are we waiting for the new Death Ray to be fully operational?

Akzed on August 15, 2008 at 10:23 AM

I think there’s about an 85% chance that a massive–massively massive–air attack on Iran will happen between the November election and the end of the year. It’ll serve two purposes. First, kill off Iran’s nuclear program, and second, remind Russia that we’re not so “overextended” that we can’t still ruin Russia’s whole day too, whenever we like.

RBMN on August 15, 2008 at 10:49 AM

Its far past the time when public announcements have any effect or Iran. Its time to use the stick. Bomb their training camps and their nuke facilities, NOW.

dogsoldier on August 15, 2008 at 10:58 AM

SHOCKA! You know I really can’t fault Iran for acting in their own interest. I just wish we’d stop apologizing for them and act in our own interest…or at least allow Israel to act on behalf of our combined interests. That’d be interesting.

blankminde on August 15, 2008 at 11:39 AM

Man we gotta get that laser weapon, the “plausible deniability” one, into production. Can’t somebody find a way to get a tiny transponder into the pocket of this darn Dinnerjacket that would tell the laser exactly where to go at any time? The Dinnerjacket needs to get taken to the cleaners from which no clothes return.

smellthecoffee on August 15, 2008 at 12:13 PM

It’s OK, don’t worry.. Rice has a plan. Things are working out smashingly in Lebanon so far, just roll with it. Once Iran gets Iraq they will be nicer to everyone, it is the same concept with nukes. The best case scenario would be giving them the nukes & Iraq – ‘Peace in our time!!!’
/sarc.

saus on August 15, 2008 at 12:26 PM

We badly need a glass parking lot in the middle east.

GarandFan on August 15, 2008 at 12:27 PM