An email from Iraq……
NBC NEWS confirms a secret U.S. military report that says ‘Iranian Agents’ may be behind a deadly ambush in Karbala, Iraq that left five American soldiers dead. The report also claims the Iranian revolutionary guard is providing intelligence on U.S. and Iraqi military to Shiite extremists, in addition to sophisticated weaponry. Developing…
Did you see this on the Drudge report? I
thought people knew this stuff like a year ago.
Bill Roggio writes….
IRGC’s Qods Force is the prime suspect in the Karbala attack which killed 5 soldiers; we broke story on Friday, January 26.
On Friday, we reported that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Qods Force was very likely behind the attack on the Provincial Joint Coordination Center in Karbala, which resulted in the kidnapping and execution of four U.S. soldiers. Five soldiers total were killed in the operation, and three others wounded.
We noted, based on multiple sources in the military and intelligence community, that the attack was far too sophisticated for Shia militias (particularly the Mahdi Army) and it was unlikely al-Qaeda in Iraq carried out the operation. We also noted the attack and kidnapping may have been revenge for the Baghdad and Irbil raids on Iranian diplomatic missions. Today, CNN is reporting the Pentagon is seriously investigating Iran’s involvement in the attack, and the Irbil raid was likely a motive for the Qods Force operation:
Michelle Malkin has more….
And there’s this….
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A plan by the Bush administration to release detailed and possibly damning specific evidence linking the Iranian government to efforts to destabilize Iraq have been put on hold, U.S. officials told FOX News.
Officials had said a “dossier” against Iran compiled by the U.S. likely would be made public at a press conference this week in Baghdad, and that the evidence would contain specifics including shipping documents, serial numbers, maps and other evidence which officials say would irrefutably link Iran to weapons shipments to Iraq.
Now, U.S. military officials say the decision to go public with the findings has been put on hold for several reasons, including concerns over the reaction from Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — as well as inevitable follow-up questions that would be raised over what the U.S. should do about it.
U.S. reaction to continued Iranian meddling in Iraq also was the subject Tuesday of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing for John Negroponte, in line to become the nation’s No. 2 diplomat.
During pointed questioning, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told Negroponte, “What I think many of us are concerned about is that we stumble into active hostilities with Iran without having aggressively pursued diplomatic approaches, without the American people understanding exactly what’s taking place.”
Two of the five soldiers killed were West Point grads……
20 January 2007 – CPT Brian S. Freeman, 31, (Class of 1999) of Temecula, CA, died on 20 January 2007 in Karbala, Iraq, of wounds suffered when a meeting he was attending came under attack by mortar and small arms fire. Captain Freeman was assigned to the 412th Civil Affairs Battalion, Whitehall, Ohio
20 January 2007 – 1LT Jacob N. Fritz, 25, (Class of 2005) of Verdon, NE, died on 20 January 2007 in Karbala, Iraq, from wounds sustained when his patrol was ambushed while conducting dismounted operations. Lieutenant Fritz was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.
This was an act of war on the part of Iran. Barack Obama and his fellow Democrat candidates for president are calling for President Bush to cut and run and take a diplomatic approach with Iran. They already want to surrender when we are losing these fine young men? Barack Obama knows nothing about Duty, Honor, Country. Unbelievable.
Hot Air has more.