US Releases Photo Proof of Iranian Weaponry & Personnel in Iraq

The United States military released photographic proof supporting the Administration claims that Iran is providing material assistance and training to the insurgents in Iraq.
The US may be holding as many as 36 Iranians in Iraq!

The US also released photographic proof of Iranian involvement in Iraq!

This handout photo released by the US military shows an 81mm mortar round believed to be from Iran and found in Baghdad in January 2007. Sophisticated Iranian-built bombs smuggled into Iraq have killed at least 170 US and allied soldiers since June 2004 and wounded 620 more, senior US defence officials have said. (AFP)

…Expect the LA Times to make a correction for claiming “U.S. can’t prove Iran link to Iraq strife” about a week ago on February 3, 2006.

This image provided by the US military on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007 shows what officials call ‘explosively formed penetrators,’or EFPs. US military officials on Sunday accused the highest levels of the Iranian leadership of arming Shiite militants in Iraq with the sophisticated armor-piercing roadside bombs that have killed more than 170 American forces. [AP]

The AP reported this news yesterday:

Among the evidence the administration planned to present are weapons that were seized over time in U.S.-led raids on caches around Iraq, said one military official. Other evidence includes documents captured when U.S.-led forces raided an Iranian office Jan. 11 in Irbil, a city in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq about 220 miles north of Baghdad, this official said.

In that raid, the U.S. captured five Iranians. They included the operations chief and other members of Iran’s elite Quds Force, which is accused of arming and training Iraqi militants. Tehran said it was a government liaison office and called for the release of the five, along with compensation for damages.

The dossier also details Iran’s role in providing Iraqi fighters with the “explosively formed penetrator” devices that can pierce the armor of Abrams tanks with nearly molten-hot charges. One intelligence official said the U.S. is “fairly comfortable” that it knows with some precision the origin of those Iranian-made explosives.

The New York Times offered more description on the deadly weaponry and assistance that Iran is providing the insurgents in Iraq.

Today the Associated Press released this update on the Iranian connections:

During the briefing, the officer said that one of six Iranians detained in January in a raid on an office in the northern city of Irbil was the operational commander of the Quds Brigade, a unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards that trains and equips Shiite militants abroad.

He was identified as Mohsin Chizari, who was apprehended after slipping back into Iraq after a 10-month absence, the officer said.

The Iranians were caught trying to flush documents down the toilet, he said. Bags of their hair were found during the raid, indicating they had tried to change their appearance, he added.

** Actually… The arrest of Chizari was was from the offices of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim and not from Erbil as the AP is reporting today.
Never Yet Melted reported on Chizari’s arrest on February 9th:

A man described as “Chizari” was among the Iranian operators nabbed from the offices of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, the leader of the Supreme Council of Islamic Revolution in Iraq and a key political figure in Iraq. “Chizari” was reported by the Washington Post as “the third-highest-ranking official of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ al-Quds Brigade.”

“Chizari” and another “equally significant” Qods Force commander were quickly released by the United States because the Iranian government saw fit to provide the commanders of terror-exporting Qods Force with deceptive diplomatic papers. They are not diplomats, “…and everybody knows it.”

Threats Watch suggests the Al Quds leader Chizari fled back to Tehran and is reporting to Qods Force commander, Brigadier General Qassem Suleimani.

The US may be holding as many as 36 Iranians in Iraq.

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