10 years, 1 month ago
Intelligence bulletin #1 covers the following subjects:  Iran’s Quds forces,  international war against the CIA,  recent combat action in Ramadi,  State Department unauthorized absence in the global war on terror,  British pullback from Iraq and the Mahdi army,  Iranian activities inside Iraq and Israeli concerns,  the M-16,  speculation on thermobaric weapons inside Iraq,  the wounded, and  A-10 flyover video.
Iran’s Quds forces
Iran’s secretive Quds Force, accused by the United States of arming Iraqi militants with deadly bomb-making material, has built up an extensive network in the war-torn country, recruiting Iraqis and supporting not only Shiite militias but also Shiites allied with Washington, experts say.
Iran likely does not want a direct confrontation with American troops in Iraq but is backing militiamen to ensure Shiites win any future civil war with Iraqi Sunnis after the Americans leave, several experts said Thursday.
The Quds Force’s role underlines how deeply enmeshed Iran is in its neighbor — and how the U.S. could face resistance even from its allies in Iraq if it tries to uproot Iran’s influence in Iraq.
But as quickly as the connection between the Shi’ite insurgency and Iran is pointed out, the report equivocates, saying “still unclear, however, is how closely Iran’s top leadership is directing the Quds Force’s operations — and whether Iran has intended for its help to Shiite militias to be turned against U.S. forces.” This line is parroted in a recent Los Angeles Times article on the same subject, as the subtitle reads “Does the government control the Quds Force? Experts aren’t sure.” Picking up on the same AP report, Newsday says the same thing.
As I discussed in The Covert War with Iran, the deep involvement of the Quds Forces, Badr Brigade and other Iranian personnel assets in Iraq is undeniable. But it is fashionable to bifurcate the actions of the Quds and Badr Brigade from the “highest levels of government in Iran.” Even General Peter Pace does this, recently saying after reviewing the intelligence on Iran’s involvement in Iraq, “that does not translate that the Iranian Government per se, for sure, is directly involved in doing this…What it does say is that things made in Iran are being used in Iraq to kill coalition soldiers.