The full article at CNN is excerpted below:
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Coalition raids aimed at disrupting the flow of weapons and fighters between Iraq and Iran resulted in at least 20 militants killed early Monday in eastern Iraq, according to a statement from the U.S. military.
Coalition aircraft were called in to strafe fighters who attacked Coalition troops in Amarah and Majjar al-Kabir, two Shiite cities in the Mayson province bordering Iran, the military said.
“During the close air support, at least 20 terrorists were killed and six suspected terrorists were assessed to be wounded by the strafing,” the military said. “A vehicle being used by the terrorists as a fighting position was also destroyed by the close air support.”
Coalition forces captured militants who are “believed to be members of the secret cell terrorist network known for facilitating the transport of weapons and explosively formed penetrators, or EFPs, from Iran to Iraq, as well as bringing militants from Iraq to Iran for terrorist training,” the military said.
The military said it has intelligence reports indicating that Amarah and Majjar al-Kabir are safe havens and smuggling routes for terrorists to import Iranian weapons into Iraq for the insurgency.
Any questions? Any doubts how this will turn out? Any bets on how long it takes for Dubya to expand the invasion across the border?
I suppose it was inevitable, given the current administration here, the direction the war has gone there, the political climate in both places.
It’s entirely plausible that Iran is feeding weapons to the fundamentalist insurgency there, but considering the track record of the Bush Corporation regarding intelligence and policy, it’s certainly not a given. Either way, it’s just the sort of thing to wind up allowing He Who Would Be Caesar to invade Iran and claim we were attacked first.
Even a con-artist psychic (I know, somewhat redundant there) can predict where this is going.
What a depressing way to begin the week.
(Note: I may work on The Lilith Quotient again today, in which case I may be less than responsive here and elsewhere around the blogosphere. Just so y’know.)