The mind boggles: Marines are dying & the US-administration just diddles along…

Iranian bombs have killed 170 Iraq coalition troops: US

by Dave Clark
BAGHDAD (AFP) – Sophisticated Iranian-built bombs smuggled into Iraq have killed at least 170 US and allied soldiers since June 2004 and wounded 620 more, senior US defence officials have said.


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(This handout photo released by the US military shows an 81mm mortar round believed to be from Iran and found in Baghdad in January 2007. Sophisticated Iranian-built bombs smuggled into Iraq have killed at least 170 US and allied soldiers since June 2004 and wounded 620 more, senior US defence officials have said.(AFP/US Military)

The allegation, made Sunday at a background briefing in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, comes as Washington steps up its criticism of Iran and will feed a fierce debate over relations with the Islamic republic.

“Iran is involved in supplying explosively formed projectiles or EFPs and other material to Iraqi extremist groups,” a senior official from the US-led multinational coalition told journalists.

Three coalition officials met reporters to point the finger at the Al-Qods Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, part of Tehran’s elite forces accused of links with foreign militants.

“The Qods Force arms extremists and insurgents to carry out terrorist attacks and guerrilla warfare,” he said. “The Qods Force provides advice, training and weapons to proxy forces in Iraq.”

The men spoke on condition of anonymity for their security and cameras and recording devices were barred from the briefing, where an array of mortar shells and booby traps were laid out for inspection.

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Taliban prepare for spring offensive in Afghan south
By Saeed Ali Achakzai Sun Feb 11,

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SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Taliban fighters are continuing to reinforce a key southern town against an expected NATO offensive more than a week after taking it over, ending a controversial four month truce.

More than 1,500 villagers have fled the town of Musa Qala, in the Taliban heartland and the major opium province in the world’s largest supplier, in fear of renewed fighting.

“More than 300 fighters are in Musa Qala,” senior Taliban commander Mulla Hayatullah Khan told Reuters from an secret base.

“They have been alerted and military supplies are being provided from other areas.”

Residents say the Taliban are reinforcing their troops with heavy weapons, but NATO says there is no evidence of force build-dup.

The Taliban regularly over-run major centers, but rarely hold them for more than a day or two. This is one of the longest times a key center has been held.

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4 thoughts on “The mind boggles: Marines are dying & the US-administration just diddles along…”

  1. One of these mornings we will wake up to news that Iran has been attacked. After almost 30 years of atrocities from Satan Khomeini’s Islamic republic of vipers this will be welcome news to anyone sick and tired of all the crap these bastards have caused. When it happens I don’t want to hear any BS about nation building and bringing democracy to Iran-I want Iran’s criminal leadership beheaded and its warmaking capacity reduced to nothing, collateral damage be damned. The Iranians can then do what they will with their country, provided they are not insane enough to continue in the stupidity of Khomeinism.

  2. I too, would like to wake up to such news, but please, show me a government today that would give the order to attack. Such news are only conceivable if they are preceded by news of government change.

  3. I agree re the news.
    I don’t want any more money spent on democratization of any islamic lands.
    It will never work because they don’t want it. They don’t understand it. It is against the koran.
    Let them live in the 7th century.

  4. Iran: pay back is on the way. These Muhammedians know nothing but violence and destruction. Hows this for the dual logic of Islam, Iran exists, and it doesn’t.

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