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Posted by on Apr 29, 2008 in War | 2 comments

Iran’s Petraeus in Iraq

As Frederick Kagan spins Neo-Con daydreams of “turning a corner,” McClatchy reporters on the ground are telling a different story:

“One of the most powerful men in Iraq isn’t an Iraqi government official, a militia leader, a senior cleric or a top U.S. military commander or diplomat. He’s an Iranian general, and at times he’s more influential than all of them.”

Gen. Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, as “Tehran’s point man on Iraq,” is manipulating election of pro-Iranian politicians, meeting often with Iraqi leaders and backing Shiite elements in Iraqi security forces in the torturing and killing of Sunni Muslims.

According to American and Iraqi officials, Suleimani is Iran’s Petraeus who has succeeded, among other things, in slipping into Baghdad’s Green Zone in 2006 to orchestrate the choice of a new Iraqi prime minister and building intelligence networks in Iran’s embassy while providing Shiite Muslim militias with generalship, cash and arms, including mortars and rockets fired at the US Embassy and advanced roadside bombs that have killed hundreds of Americans and Iraqis.

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  • DLS

    Why are the Iranian general and al-Sadr still alive, or at least not arrested? ask normal people, as opposed to Bush-and-USA-bashers.

  • SteveK

    If a) the Iranian General is in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi Government AND b) the Iraqi government (NOT the United States Government) is the legal government of Iraq DLS’s comment is nothing less than incitement of murder and terror.

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