Monday, March 06, 2006

The pieces come together

In an earlier post I commented on the redeployment of Spooky. I speculated that that weapons system would be used along Iraq’s borders with Syria and Iran. Today there’s a report (see below) saying US intelligence has identified the Iranian government as the source of newly fabricated armor-piercing bombs specifically designed to attack US troops in Iraq. My belief, now, is that Spooky and the Predator UAVs likely being used to support the mission of the C-130Us won’t be heading east (Syria) anytime soon. Also, and this again is speculation on my part, they probably won’t be stopping at the Iraq-Iran border in their hunt to engage the ‘insurgent’ fighters and supplies being staged in Iran.
Iraq weapons – made in Iran

March 6, 2006 — U.S. military and intelligence officials tell ABC News that they have caught shipments of deadly new bombs at the Iran-Iraq border.

They are a very nasty piece of business, capable of penetrating U.S. troops' strongest armor.

What the United States says links them to Iran are tell-tale manufacturing signatures — certain types of machine-shop welds and material indicating they are built by the same bomb factory.

"The signature is the same because they are exactly the same in production," says explosives expert Kevin Barry. "So it's the same make and model."

U.S. officials say roadside bomb attacks against American forces in Iraq have become much more deadly as more and more of the Iran-designed and Iran-produced bombs have been smuggled in from the country since last October.

"I think the evidence is strong that the Iranian government is making these IEDs, and the Iranian government is sending them across the border and they are killing U.S. troops once they get there," says Richard Clarke, former White House counterterrorism chief and an ABC News consultant. "I think it's very hard to escape the conclusion that, in all probability, the Iranian government is knowingly killing U.S. troops."

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