Manufacturing Consent For War With Iran

U.S. troops detain four insurgents smuggling Iranian weapons in Baghdad

The detainees are believed to be members of a "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," a military statement said.

U.S. diplomat accuses Iran of passing weapons to Taliban

A senior U.S. diplomat accused Iran on Tuesday of transferring weapons to Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan - the most direct comments yet on the issue by a ranking American official.

U.S. official says Iran violating U.N. rules by sending weapons to Afghanistan's Taliban

A senior U.S. diplomat, lobbying world powers for tougher sanctions against Iran, accused Tehran on Wednesday of violating international law by arming its once-bitter foe - Afghanistan's Taliban - and of trying to destabilize the Middle East.

U.S. claims Iran funding terrorism

A day after a top U.S. official accused Iran of arming the Taliban in Afghanistan, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson asked the financial world to freeze the assets of an Iranian bank.

Some doubt U.S. claims Iran arming Taliban

Some analysts question U.S. reports that Iran is arming the Taliban, saying Tehran has other allies there and the weapons are available on the open market.

Iraq: U.S. Troops Arrest Another 3 Iranian Officals

US soldiers on Friday reportedly arrested three Iranian diplomats north of Baghdad. The officials had first been detained by Iraqi forces who had subsequently freed them, allegedly after the intervention of the Iraqi foreign ministry.

Kidnappers of British contractors in Iraq were backed by Iran: US General

The kidnappers who snatched five British contractors last month were funded, trained and armed by Iran, the US commander in Iraq said in an interview published late Wednesday.

Iranian weapons still flowing into Iraq: US General

Smuggled weapons and deadly explosives are still coming into Iraq from neighbouring Iran and continue to kill American soldiers, a top U.S. commander said on Thursday.

Presstitute and war pimp alert:

Muqtada al-Sadr moving toward all-out fight with Iraqi leaders:

Muqtada al-Sadr is considering setting aside his political ambitions and restarting a full-scale fight against U.S.-led forces - a worrisome shift that may reflect Iranian influence on the young cleric and could open the way for a shadow state protected by his powerful Mahdi Army.

Manufacturing Consent For An Attack On Iran:

Gates: Iranians kill US soldiers

The US Defense Secretary blames Iran for the killing of US troops in Iraq as the Bush administration steps up rhetoric against Tehran.

U.S. military official:

Iran boosting support for Iraqi, Afghan rebels

Admiral Mike Mullen conceded at a Pentagon news conference Friday that he has "no smoking gun" proof that the highest leadership in the Iranian government is involved.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Says U.S. Preparing Military Options Against Iran

The nation's top military officer said today that the Pentagon is planning for "potential military courses of action" against Iran, criticizing what he called the Tehran government's "increasingly lethal and malign influence" in Iraq.

Manufacturing Consent For An Attack On Iran:

U.S. ship opens fire on patrol boats near Iran

MSNBC says the Iranian boats were approaching at a high rate of speed and were within 100 yards of the ship when crewmembers fired eight .50-caliber rounds and three M-16 rounds that forced the vessels to turn away.

Iran denies any clash with US vessel

Iranian Navy official told IRNA that no such an incident took place in the Persian Gulf.

US 'extremely concerned' over Iran

In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera, Admiral Michael Mullen said the US would maintain a presence in the Gulf in an attempt to deter Iran from taking any military action.

From Information Clearing House


Conflicting arms claims on Iran reveal US rift

Asia Times
by Gareth Porter


The evidence that Iran is arming the Taliban isn’t as ‘irrefutable’ as some US officials are claiming, says the US NATO commander in Afghanistan. He points to more likely sources for the arms, such as drugs and weapons smugglers. The anti-Iran language used by the accusers points to Vice President Dick Cheney, who would like nothing more than an invasion of Iran before his boss leaves office...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Iran helping to plan attacks in Iraq - US

Iran is training fighters in Iraq and helping to plan attacks there despite diplomatic pressure for change, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, while violence around the Arab state killed at least 19 people.

U.S.: Iran Helped in Deadly Iraq Strike

U.S. military spokesman Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Bergner also accused Iran of using its Lebanese ally, the Shiite militia Hezbollah, as a "proxy" to arm Shiite militants in Iraq.

Iran 'baring its teeth' in Afghanistan, officials say

In public, Afghanistan has played down US and British allegations that Iran is feeding weapons to Taliban insurgents, but in private, officials here say the charges are true -- and worrying.

Al-Qaeda linked to operations from Iran

Evidence that Iranian territory is being used as a base by al-Qaeda to help in terrorist operations in Iraq and elsewhere is growing, say western officials.

Sunni Insurgent Leader Paints Iran as 'Real Enemy'

A leader of an armed Sunni group in western Baghdad described his hatred for Iran and the current Iraqi government, while outlining the dimensions of an armed insurgency that extends well beyond al-Qaeda in Iraq, the organization that U.S. officials routinely identify as their central enemy.

US finds Iranian rockets aimed at Iraq base

US soldiers discovered a field of rocket launchers near a US army base south of Baghdad armed with 34 Iranian-made missiles, the military said Saturday.

On Heels Of Senate's Iran Vote, Brownback Declared I'm Ready To Strike Iran

On Wednesday, the Senate voted 97-0 to pass a resolution sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) to censure Iran "for what it said was complicity in the killing of U.S. soldiers in Iraq." The resolution required the Bush administration to regularly report to Congress on Iran's role in Iraq.

U.S. says Iran knows its weapons reaching Taliban

Iranian arms are entering Afghanistan and reaching Taliban insurgents in such quality and quantity that the Tehran government must know about it, the U.S. ambassador to Kabul said on Tuesday.

Iran attack could be 2nd Holocaust, Gingrich warns

Former US House speaker, who is considering running for presidency on Republican ticket, warns that if Iran acquires nukes, Israel and US would be under severe threat; 'Firing one or more bombs at Israel could be a second Holocaust for the Jewish people,' Gingrich says.

Chinese missiles smuggled through Iran into Iraq

US: The US military on Sunday said its troops had found Chinese-made missiles which they believe were smuggled into Iraq by groups in Iran in order to arm groups fighting US-led forces.

U.S. says Iran training Green Zone bombers

Top commander blames Tehran for better aim of mortars, rockets

Iran fist-in-glove with Iraqi rebels: America builds its case

A senior US official in Baghdad told the Guardian in May that Iran was fighting a proxy war in Iraq. He accused Tehran of "committing daily acts of war against US and British forces", including weapons and other assistance to militias and ad hoc cooperation with individual extremists tied to al-Qaida.,,330261901-103681,00.html

'Iran-armed militia behind 3/4 of Iraq attacks'

Rogue Shiite militia fighters said to be armed and trained by Iran were responsible for nearly three-quarters of attacks that killed or wounded Americans in Baghdad last month, the No. 2 US commander in Iraq said Sunday.

Bush levels dubious Iran nuclear arms charge

US President George W. Bush charged Monday that Iran has openly declared that it seeks nuclear weapons -- an inaccurate accusation at a time of sharp tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Iran trying to sway US debate on Iraq -US general

A U.S. general said on Saturday Iran had increased supplies of weapons to Shi'ite militias in Iraq to attack U.S. troops and influence debate in Washington before the presentation of a crucial report on Iraq next month.

US labels Iran's Guards terrorists

The Bush Administration has decided to move against the 125,000-strong Revolutionary Guards because of what officials say is the corps' growing involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, and its support for extremists throughout the Middle East.

Iran meddling in Afghanistan

US lawmaker: An influential US lawmaker has accused Iran of meddling in the internal affairs of Afghanistan by allegedly supplying arms and equipment to Taliban and al-Qaeda.

Fifty Iranians helping militias in south Iraq

About 50 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards were believed to be training Shi'ite militias in the use of mortars and rockets in southern Iraq, the general commanding U.S. troops in the area said on Sunday.

Fox Attacks: Iran


FOX are repeating the same distortions and fear mongering as they did before the Iraq war.

Iranian operatives step up flow of weapons and training from Iran says general

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) operatives are trying to sabotage US security gains in Iraq, by stepping up the flow of arms and training to Shiite extremist groups, a top US commander charged Friday.

US forces arrest Iranian-linked agent in Iraq

U.S. soldiers detained a "highly sought individual" suspected of links to senior officers in Iran's Revolutionary Guards in a predawn raid on the holy Iraqi Shi'ite city of Kerbala on Wednesday, the U.S. military said.

Reports Iranian arms reaching Taliban worry U.S.

The United States is concerned over reports that Iranian-made weapons are crossing the Afghan border and reaching Islamist Taliban insurgents, a top U.S. diplomat said on Tuesday.

Iran Linked to Iraq Rocket Attack

U.S. military officials in Iraq tell ABC News that a rocket used in an attack on coalition headquarters at Camp Victory Tuesday was made in Iran.

The Iran Attack That Wasn't

How reporters trumped up a story about Iranians killing Americans in Iraq.

Iranian Arms Destined for Taliban Seized in Afghanistan, Officials Say

'Large' Shipment Said to Include Armor-Piercing Bombs

U.S. says seizes Iraqis "linked" to Iran Qods force

U.S. forces captured 12 Iraqis in Baghdad on Monday suspected of smuggling weapons from Iran, including one linked to Tehran's elite Qods force, the U.S. military said in a statement.

Syrian military blast explained

A Syrian military installation rocked by an explosion in July was being used to develop chemical weapons, and Iranian engineers were among those killed, a respected defence publication has reported.

American commander accuses Iran of arming Taliban

A top U.S. military commander accused Iran on Friday of supplying powerful roadside bombs to militants in Afghanistan and said the United States would "act decisively" if the cross-border flow continued.

Iran smuggling missiles into Iraq: US military

Iran is smuggling advanced weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, into Iraq to be used by extremists against American troops, the US military charged on Sunday.

UN envoy doubts U.S. assertion Iran arming Afghan insurgents

A top United Nations diplomat is rejecting repeated claims from the Bush administration that Iran is supplying weapons to the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.

Iran 'arming Taliban with roadside bombs'

Iran is supplying the Taliban in Afghanistan with the same bomb-making equipment it provides to insurgents in Iraq, according to British military intelligence officers.

US Iraq general steps up accusations against Iran

The U.S. military commander in Iraq stepped up accusations over the weekend that Iran was inciting violence there and said Tehran's ambassador to Baghdad was a member of the Revolutionary Guards Qods force.

Bush warns of World War III if Iran goes "nuclear"

We've got a leader in Iran who has announced that he wants to destroy Israel, US president says at White House press conference after Russia cautions against military action against Tehran's suspected atomic program.,7340,L-3461069,00.html

US Military: Intercepted Afghan Weapons Came From Iran

U.S. Army General Dan McNeill said Thursday NATO forces stopped a convoy from Iran on September 5 in western Afghanistan. He said the convoy contained a number of advanced technology improvised explosive devices.

Afghanistan Skeptical Iran Arming Taliban

Afghan Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak said evidence of Iranian cooperation in arming Taliban insurgents with advanced weapons is inconclusive.

Iran "perhaps single greatest" security risk to US: Rice

President George W. Bush last week warned that a nuclear-armed Iran evoked the threat of "World War III," and Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday spoke of "serious consequences" unless the Islamic republic comes to heel.

US blames Iran-backed group for Baghdad bombing

Iranian-backed militants were behind a bombing that killed 13 Iraqis at a Baghdad pet market, the U.S. military said on Saturday, raising concerns that Shi'ite militias might be switching tactics.

Pentagon report to accuse Iran of fueling Iraq strife

A Pentagon report to be released Tuesday will accuse Iran of continuing to funnel weapons and technology to fighters in neighboring Iraq even as it cites lower violence overall, US media said.

Pentagon report: Iran keeps funding militias in Iraq

A new Pentagon report says violence is down across Iraq but notes that Iranian influence on Iraq's security continues, despite some assurances this fall that Iran was reducing its shipments of weapons into Iraq.

Iran still training militants

THE commander of US forces in Iraq said during a tour of an Iraq-Iran border crossing that Tehran was still training militants despite its pledge to cut support for the insurgency.,23599,23065451-23109,00.html

Iran speeding up development of missiles, head of U.S. agency says

The head of the United States' missile defense program sought Wednesday to bolster Washington's argument for anti-missile sites in Europe by warning that Iran has sped up development of long-range missiles.

Europe Side Steps Iranian Sanctions

Energy companies throughout Europe continue to defy U.S.-negotiated sanctions against Iran by putting several new deals on the table.

Crying (Iranian) wolf in Argentina bombing

The US Embassy in Buenos Aires at the time - including ambassador James Cheek - have confirmed the absence of evidence linking Iran to the bombing, which killed 85 people and wounded another 300.

U.S. sees attacks by Iranian-backed groups up in Iraq

Attacks by Iranian-backed groups in Iraq have increased in recent months, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday, casting doubt on the view Iran might have reduced its support for violence in the war.

US spy chief retreats from Iran intel

The top US intelligence official is backing away from his agency's recent assessment that Iran halted its 'nuclear weapons program', PressTV reported.

Order given to fire on Iranian speedboat

One of the commanding officers "had literally given the order to fire and it turns out one of the fast boats turned about simultaneously," Mullen said.

U.S. Intelligence Chief On Iran

Al-Qaida is the preeminent terrorist threat to the United States, said Michael McConnell, U.S. Director of National Intelligence. But Iran, said Mr. McConnell, "also remains a threat to regional stability and to U.S. interests throughout the Middle East".

U.S. military contradicts State on Iran

Hundreds of weapons caches found in Iraq: Iranian-backed militias are apparently preparing for major strikes against the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq, military officials said.

'Iran still developing nuclear warheads'

The Iranian regime is undoubtedly developing a nuclear bomb," said Mohammad Mohadessin, a leader of the exiled National Council of Resistance of Iran. He presented reporters in Brussels with information he said had been collected on two sites in Iran on top secret studies on nuclear warheads.

Iran 'continued nuclear weapons programme'

Britain's envoy to the United Nations nuclear watchdog contradicted the findings of US intelligence officials who said Iran stopped developing a nuclear weapon in 2003.

Iran may be biggest threat to Iraq - U.S. general

Odierno also said he was not surprised Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was able to move around without security problems during his two-day visit to Baghdad as the groups that often target high-profile visitors are Iranian-backed.

Iran reneged on pledge to quit supporting Iraqi militias

The top two U.S. officials in Iraq said this week that Iran was still training Iraqi Shiite Muslim militias, in violation of its promises to Iraqi leaders.

Iran fomenting violence in Iraq, U.S. says

The military offers details of Tehran's role in continuing to train and equip militias and insurgents.

Iran May Have Resumed Weapon Program

Retaining his tough stance against Iran, Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday that Tehran may have restarted the nuclear weaponization program that a U.S. intelligence report said was halted in 2003.

Cheney talks tough on Iran's N-program

"What we do know is that they had then, and have now, a process by which they're trying to enrich uranium, which is the key obstacle they've got to overcome in order to have a nuclear weapon," he said.

Bush says Iran announced desire for nuclear weapons

President Bush contended that Iran has "declared they want a nuclear weapon to destroy people" and that the Islamic Republic could be hiding a secret program.

McCain's repeated "slips of the tongue" on Iran and al-Qaida

"As you know, there are al Qaeda operatives that are taken back into Iran, given training as leaders, and they're moving back into Iraq."

Iran 'behind Green Zone attack'

The most senior US general in Iraq has said he has evidence that Iran was behind Sunday's bombardment of Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone.

PM-Cheney meeting shrouded in mystery

US Vice President Dick Cheney's second meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Monday morning, like their first meeting Saturday night, was shrouded in mystery, leading to speculation among diplomatic officials that the focus was on how to stop Iran's nuclear program.

Iran's lethal uranium plans

VICE-President Dick Cheney has said Iran was developing a uranium enrichment program for military purposes. "Obviously, they're... heavily involved in trying to develop nuclear weapons enrichment, the enrichment of uranium to weapons grade levels," Cheney said in an interview with ABC television.,25197,23428344-15084,00.html

Cheney Claims Iran Trying To Develop Bomb Despite No Evidence

Cheney alleged in an interview Monday that Iran was trying to develop weapons-grade uranium, even though international inspectors have never found such evidence.

Iranian, Syrian missiles to pound Israel in next war

Secret report paints grim picture: Thousands of casualties, nationwide power outages.,7340,L-3522937,00.html

US Military Says Iran Behind Latest Violence In Iraq

Iran is behind the violence raging in Iraq by providing training to those firing rockets in Baghdad and by not doing enough to rein in lawless gunmen in Basra, the U.S. military charged Wednesday.

Report warns of Saudi Arabia and Turkey possibly joining in a nuclear arms race

The report to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee also says Turkey would come under pressure to follow suit if Iran builds nuclear weapons. It says while Turkey doesn't see Iran as an enemy, it also believes a power balance between the countries is the primary reason for a peaceful relationship between them.

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