Smoking guns: Iranians backing the Shiite militias in Iraq

ABC has the exclusive:

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.

Read the rest, as ABC deserves the traffic for reporting this.

This news should be a call to arms for this country to unite and deal decisively with Iran. Instead it will be either ignored or downplayed by the left, until a conspiracy theory can be constructed to explain it away. Those pushing to talk with Iran over Iraq probably won’t change their thinking.

Whether we like it or not, we’re fighting a regional war that happens to be taking place mostly in Iraq. King Abdullah’s “three civil wars” are the various theaters of that war in the Middle East (there are others), as Islamists attempt to defeat us in Iraq while seizing Lebanon in order to destroy Israel. Secondarily, seizing Lebanon gives the Islamists yet another country under their control, with increased access to the Mediterranean for the purpose of moving operatives and materiel around the region and into Europe and North Africa. Simply put, it makes the Islamists politically stronger and weakens the democracy movement in the region.

This is the reality, and we have to deal with it as it is, not as we might wish it to be.

INDC Journal and Powerline are also on the story.