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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:24 PM
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WP: Iraq Expels 2 Iranian Agents Captured in U.S. Operation

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

Iraq Expels 2 Iranian Agents Captured in U.S. Operation
American Defense Official Calls Release 'Obviously Troubling'

By Sudarsan Raghavan and Robin Wright
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, December 30, 2006; Page A13

BAGHDAD, Dec. 29 -- Two senior Iranian operatives who were detained by U.S. forces in Iraq and were strongly suspected of planning attacks against American military forces and Iraqi targets were expelled to Iran on Friday, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials.

The decision to free the men was made by the Iraqi government and has angered U.S. military officials who say the operatives were seeking to foment instability here.

"These are really serious people," said one U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "They were the target of a very focused raid based on intelligence, and it would be hard for one to believe that their activities weren't endorsed by the Iranian government. It's a situation that is obviously troubling."

One of the commanders, identified by officials simply as Chizari, was the third-highest-ranking official of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' al-Quds Brigade, the unit most active in aiding, arming and training groups outside Iran, including Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, U.S. officials said. The other commander was described as equally significant to Iran's support of foreign militaries but not as high-ranking.

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grytpype Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:37 PM
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1. This shows how little influence we have in Baghdad.
Iran trumps us, and we're the ones who are occupying the country.

There's no way this could end well.
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Kagemusha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:41 PM
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2. What gives? The Iraqis called them diplomats; they were guests of SCIRI
What gives?... No one's accused the Badr Brigade of attacking US forces with Iranian weapons.
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CHIMO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 10:49 PM
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3. US frees seized Iranians in Iraq
Two Iranians being held by US forces in Iraq on suspicion of weapons smuggling have been released.

"Iraqi authorities have asked the Iranian diplomats to leave the country and they did so this afternoon," an Iraqi foreign ministry statement said on Friday.

The Iraqi foreign ministry said the release of the two Iranians came after consultations between the foreign ministry, the US embassy and multinational force after they were questioned.

The two were detained during a raid in Baghdad on December 21.

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0D39CA75-C2D0-43...


Talabani, left, had invited the Iranian diplomats to Iraq to improve relations between the two countries
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HuffleClaw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 12:27 AM
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4. 'Iranian Agents' ?? holy revisionist history batman!
wow, what a fresh steaming load of propaganda.
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