Another US attempt to severe Iran/Iraq ties

The United States has long been claiming that Iran's interfering in Iraq, yet it never presented any evidence of Iranian networks operating or training what it calls insurgents in the strife-torn neighboring country.

 Another US attempt to severe Iran/Iraq ties
The United States has long been claiming that Iran's interfering in Iraq, yet it never presented any evidence of Iranian networks operating or training what it calls "insurgents in the strife-torn neighboring country.

"There is solid evidence that Iranian agents are involved in these networks and that they are working with individuals and groups in Iraq and that they are being sent there by the Iranian government," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack has been quoted recently as saying.

"And I would expect that ... in the near future, we are going to try to talk a little bit more in public -- to the extent that we can because, again, you're dealing with intelligence information -- about what we know of Iranian support for these networks," he added.

Two weeks ago, the U.S. occupation troops arrested five Iranians at an office in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil, accusing them of being agents for Tehran, arming militias and inciting attacks against the occupation in the war-torn country.

It emerged later on that the raid on the Iranian consulate and the arrests, which triggered a diplomatic row, wasn't a normal crackdown aimed at militants as said by the U.S. military, but a direct order from the American President George W. Bush.

Tehran accused the U.S. forces in Iraq of violating international diplomatic regulations, whereas Washington claimed that those detainees had no diplomatic status.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, the Iranian detainees had been working in Arbil with official sanction, but their "liaison office" had not yet become a full consulate.

"They're not diplomats," McCormack said, adding that the detainees were "still in the custody of multinational forces."

The spokesman refused to say whether the U.S. had evidence linking Iran to any of the bomb attacks in Iraq. However, he said his government was sure of it.

"You don't necessarily have to construct something in Iran in order for it to be a threat to the U.S. or British troops from the Iranian regime," he said.

"There are a lot of different ways you can do that. You can bring the know-how. You can train other people in Iraq to do that. So there are a lot of different ways to do it.

"I would suspect that they're probably trying to hide their tracks somewhat, so you're not going to have a "made in Iran" stamp on all of these items. But certainly the technology and the know-how originates in Iran," McCormack further claimed.

The Los Angeles Times recently wrote that Bush's admin lacks any proof of Iranian involvement in Iraq, adding that some observers fear there is a U.S. plot under foot for a military operation against the Islamic Republic.

A good evidence supporting the theory suggesting that the U.S. would attack Iran even without an evidence of its alleged interference in Iraq, is the fact that in the run up to March 2003 invasion of Iraq, the U.S. government said it had irrefutable evidence the former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, no such weapons had ever been found in the country.

In his historic speech at the White House a day before the raid on the Iranian consulate in Iraq, Bush, while outlining his new strategy for Iraq, accused Iran and Syria of supporting elements intent on aiding and training anti-occupation resistance in the country.

His speech, which, according to analysts, carried hidden threat to Iraq's neighbors, left open the way for U.S. attacks on the two countries.

Bush's indirect threat appeared to have been carried out with the raid on Iran's consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil.

"In this attack, five of the consulate staff has been arrested by the American troops. They have also taken some documents and properties," the Iranian newsagency Fars quoted an official as saying.

"In the U.S. occupiers' attack on Iran's general consulate in Arbil, the raiders have broken the gate of the office."

Also an Iranian official stated recently that the U.S. raid on the Iranian consulate in Iraq was aimed at severing Iran-Iraq ties, and thus help the United States establish full sway over Iraq and the region.

Speaking to reporters a few days after the raid in Arbil, Mohammad Jaafari, the deputy head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council for Internal Security Affairs, said:

"Only by severing ties between the Iranian and Iraqi governments could the U.S. impose conditions on Iraq and the region."

Jaafari, who led a delegation to Arbil before the air and ground attack, during which U.S. soldiers stormed the consulate and abducted Iranian diplomats, said that the Iranian consulate in Arbil has been in operation for 17 years.

"The Iranian consulate was established in Arbil 17 years ago. It had an official seal, and the Islamic Republic of Iran's flag was hoisted above it." The Islamic Republic has consulates in Arbil, Suliymanieh, Basra and Karbala, he added.

"The United States wants to hold Iran responsible for insecurity in Iraq, while knowing full well that Iran is not responsible for these difficulties. It would be illogical for Tehran to so strongly support the Iraqi government on the one hand and cause trouble for it on the other," Jaafari said.

"Has there ever been an Iranian among those executing suicide operations in Iraq? Aren't those committing such operations from certain Arab states? Those behind these operations are from allies of the United States, but Bush's is unwilling to explain to his own people why young people from U.S. allies kill American soldiers in suicide operations," he noted.

Jaafari also said that "the United States can do nothing in the face of the Iraqi nation's resistance," while stressing that Iran is willing to restore diplomatic ties with the country and help the Iraqi government nation.

"We would definitely maintain our good relations and ties with the Iraqi government."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16