Not Just Rattling

Since I seem to be having an Iranian week, I thought I wander over to the stuff being presented yesterday by James Glanz and Mark Mazzetti in the New York Times

Investigators say they believe that attackers who used American-style uniforms and weapons to infiltrate a secure compound and kill five American soldiers in Karbala on Jan. 20 may have been trained and financed by Iranian agents, according to American and Iraqi officials knowledgeable about the inquiry.

The officials said the sophistication of the attack astonished investigators, who doubt that Iraqis could have carried it out on their own — one reason a connection to Iran is being closely examined. Officials cautioned that no firm conclusions had been drawn and did not reveal any direct evidence of a connection.

A senior Iraqi official said the attackers had carried forged American identity cards and American-style M-4 rifles and had thrown stun grenades of a kind used only by American forces here.

The next sentence in the article also honestly explains why it was published.

Tying Iran to the deadly attack could be helpful to the Bush administration, which has been engaged in an escalating war of words with Iran.

Oh. Gee, I hadn’t noticed.

In other news, we find that the US is halting the sale of spare parts for F-14 fighters, the mainstay of the Iranian airforce. David Axe has a nice summary over at DefenseTech.

Mideast Parties Involved in the Iraqi Conflict

And finally, because I am admittedly stoopid attention deficited I am starting a new page. I usually need to see things drawn out with pictures and arrows and diagrams. That’s why I made this handy dandy graphic and a new page where I will occasionally post graphics about the Afghanistan conflicts, the Iraqi WMD-hunt/Saddam toppling/freedom bringing and the coming Iranian war.

The first image is my representation of all the parties on the ground in Iraq as described in disreputed the Iraqi Study Group final report.

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