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British Find No Evidence Of Arms Traffic From Iran

Discussion in '2006 Archive' started by poncho, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. poncho

    poncho Well-Known Member

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    [SIZE=-1]By Ellen Knickmeyer
    Washington Post Foreign Service
    Wednesday, October 4, 2006; A21[/SIZE]
    ON THE IRAQ-IRAN BORDER -- Since late August, British commandos in the deserts of far southeastern Iraq have been testing one of the most serious charges leveled by the United States against Iran: that Iran is secretly supplying weapons, parts, funding and training for attacks on U.S.-led forces in Iraq.

    A few hundred British troops living out of nothing more than their cut-down Land Rovers and light armored vehicles have taken to the desert in the start of what British officers said would be months of patrols aimed at finding the illicit weapons trafficking from Iran, or any sign of it.
    There's just one thing.

    "I suspect there's nothing out there," the commander, Lt. Col. David Labouchere, said last month, speaking at an overnight camp near the border.

    "And I intend to prove it."

    Other senior British military leaders spoke as explicitly in interviews over the previous two months. Britain, whose forces have had responsibility for security in southeastern Iraq since the war began, has found nothing to support the Americans' contention that Iran is providing weapons and training in Iraq, several senior military officials said.

    "I have not myself seen any evidence -- and I don't think any evidence exists -- of government-supported or instigated" armed support on Iran's part in Iraq, British Defense Secretary Des Browne said in an interview in Baghdad in late August.


    Maybe they should be looking in Saddam's super duper massive underground shelters we never hear about anymore. I bet they'd find all the evidence the neocons need to start another chapter in the GWOT there. That is if Saddam's super duper massive underground shelters ever really existed in the first place.
    #1 poncho, Oct 7, 2006
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