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Subject: IRAN: basically asking to be attacked at this point
RaptorZ    3/8/2006 8:30:11 PM
Rumsfeld: Iran has deployed elite forces in Iraq SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COM Wednesday, March 8, 2006 WASHINGTON — Iran has deployed elite forces to confront the U.S. military in Iraq in what has been termed a major escalation, the Pentagon says. "They are currently putting people into Iraq to do things that are harmful to the future of Iraq," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said. "It is something that they, I think, will look back on as having been an error in judgment." Officials said Iran has deployed members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iraq in early 2006. They said the IRGC operatives helped foment unrest and bolster Shi'ite militias in Iraq amid sectarian violence triggered by the bombing of the Golden Dome mosque in Samara on Feb. 22. In a Pentagon briefing on Tuesday, Rumsfeld said Iran was deploying members of the Quds Brigade of the IRGC. The Quds Brigade has been regarded as the special operations forces and specialized in insurgencies abroad. The brigade has been identified as the trainer and controller of Hizbullah in Lebanon. In February, National Intelligence director John Negroponte reported Iranian attempts to strike U.S. forces in Iraq. "The Revolutionary Guard doesn't go milling around willy-nilly, one would think," Rumsfeld said. "Is it possible some more Iraqi civilians will be killed? Sure." Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the reports of the Quds Brigade infiltration in Iraq marked the most recent of developments that stemmed from Iran. Pace said the military has assessed the number of IRGC fighters in Iraq, but would not elaborate. Officials said the Quds Brigade was also believed to have brought weapons and relayed expertise for the assembly of improvised explosive devices. They said the Iranian-origin IEDs were shaped charges that could rip through U.S.-origin main battle tanks and armored personnel carriers. "There have been some IEDs and some weapons that we believe are traceable back to Iran," Pace said. Officials said the military has captured IEDs manufactured along the Iranian-Iraqi border in 2006. The IEDs were said to have been aimed at U.S. and British troops in a drive by Teheran to force an early coalition withdrawal from Iraq. "We're working with the Iraqi government to enhance the capacity, the total numbers dedicated to border control, and also their capacity," Pace said
 
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RaptorZ    RE:IRAN: basically asking to be attacked at this point   3/8/2006 8:31:57 PM
Oh and forgot to add that the US has basically turned over most of Baghdad to the Iraqi's.....wonder where those troops are headed? hmmmm
 
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dont_tread    RE:IRAN: basically asking to be attacked at this point   3/11/2006 8:15:32 PM
nothing would make me happier than going to war w/ iran. we should do it desert storm style, use the air to wipe out their military facilties. we should leave their leaders in place (who will have to answer to their people for their devastating loss) and simply place our troops along the border and wait for the turkey shoot.
 
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RaptorZ    RE:IRAN: basically asking to be attacked at this point   3/11/2006 9:17:21 PM
Me thinks that part of that would be the strategy. However, leaving the leaders in place is somewhat dangerous as Iran has 1000's abroad in every which country. I read that Kuwait is worried about the Shiites there starting trouble once Iran is attacked. Basically, Iran scares the M.E. a lot more than I had given them credit for.
 
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sentinel28a    RE:IRAN: basically asking to be attacked at this point   4/2/2006 7:15:55 PM
It's because the Iranians are Persians, not Arabs. Invasions in the area have traditionally come from Persia. That's why the Gulf kingdoms propped up Saddam, despite knowing he was an ass. He was at least an Arab, and obstensibly a Sunni. I think this is the reason why the Gulf kingdoms have quietly been aligning themselves with us. Publicly, the Saudis might say, "No, Bush! Don't attack our Muslim brethren, and don't allow the Zionists to do so either!" Privately, they say, "God, I wish the crazy Jews would take care of the Iranians." What scares me is that the Iranian leadership might actually believe they can win a war. It doesn't scare me as much as that possibility actually existing, thanks to the spineless Europeans, MSM, and Democrats.
 
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Shirrush    RE:IRAN: basically asking to be attacked at this point   4/2/2006 8:09:21 PM
"What scares me is that the Iranian leadership might actually believe they can win a war." That actually seems to be the case, or, rather, they are trusting the US to cut and run, so that they can overtake Iraq, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, and then France (oeuf corse!) unopposed . If Amir Taheri says so, who am I to contradict... http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110008154 Also, do not forget that the Mullahs are motivated by a very apocalyptic eschatology, and in the long run might even believe their own afterlife fallacies.
 
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