Wednesday, December 27, 2006

More on the Iranian connection

The New York Times has a follow-up on the story of the Iranian military officials detained by the US in Iraq. The US military now says it has "credible evidence" tying the Iranians still being held to insurgency activities in Iraq. Oddly (but not surprisingly) there's little coverage of this incident by major news outlets like AP and AFP. So far, I've only been able to unearth a Reuters update to the initial story.

What I find most disturbing about this is the Iraqi government's reaction to it. Rather than outrage at Iran for involvement in violence in Iraq, Iraqi president Jalal Talabani is angry with the US. Two of the Iranians arrested carried diplomatic credentials and were there at Talabani's invitation. US forces continue to hold two Iranians described as "senior military officials".

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