Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Iranian machinations in Iraq...or were on to something else?

Remember that slam dunk proof about Ira...n or q...the n one, Iran!

Yeah, remember that. The munitions? The IED (Improvised Explosive Device), now EFP (Explosively Formed Penetrators) were a big deal.

Well, things seem to have went a little caca.

From TPM Muchracker:
Two weeks ago, the Bush administration organized an intelligence briefing for journalists in Iraq to demonstrate that Iran was providing weapons to Iraqi insurgents. According to the anonymous briefers, the weapons -- particularly explosively formed penetrators or E.F.P.s -- were manufactured in Iran and provided to insurgents by the Quds Force -- a fact that meant direction for the operation was “coming from the highest levels of the Iranian government.”


A raid in southern Iraq on Saturday seems to have complicated the case. There, The Wall Street Journal reports ... troops "uncovered a makeshift factory used to construct advanced roadside bombs that the U.S. had thought were made only in Iran."


The New York Times reports, "while the find gave experts much more information on the makings of the E.F.P.’s, which the American military has repeatedly argued must originate in Iran, the cache also included items that appeared to cloud the issue."

Among those cloudy items were "cardboard boxes of the gray plastic PVC tubes used to make the canisters. The boxes appeared to contain shipments of tubes directly from factories in the Middle East, none of them in Iran."

Possibly, the Times muses, "the parts were purchased on the open market" and then "the liners were then manufactured to the right size to cap the fittings."

But where were the liners made? The Army captain who led the raid doesn't know.


Would you believe...the Iranian High Command is involved?

Would you is an evil plot by the evil vizier from Aladdin?

Would you believe...we don't know what is going on?

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