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It has been two productive days for the the U.S. in Iraq. On Thursday, June 5, the U.S. apprehended a high level financier and smuggler of Iranian weapons.
Coalition forces in Iraq captured an alleged leader and a suspected primary weapons smuggler and financier for Iranian-backed enemy fighters June 5.
Acting on intelligence information, coalition forces conducted a raid on the home of the suspected “special groups” leader in Mahawil, south of Baghdad. He surrendered without incident.
In a separate operation east of Kut, intelligence tips helped coalition forces track down the hideout of a suspected special groups member who sources allege is the primary weapons smuggler and financier for Iranian-backed enemy elements in that area. The suspect and an associate surrendered when coalition forces stormed their location.
In even bigger news today, is has now been learned that the individual arrested is the number 2 figure in Hezbollah’s military wing (the deputy military chief). “The arrest is a major achievement and could provide an intelligence bonanza,” an Iraqi source said.
The continual drumbeat isn’t that the U.S. is going to go to war with Iran. Rather, it is that Iran is at war with the U.S. and has been for more than twenty years. The deployment of such a high level Hezbollah leader is more evidence of the Iranian commitment to destabilization of Iraq.