Times: Thin Red Line extends into Iran

Just in case you thought that a) the Tommies were bowing out of the fight, or b) nobody in the Western alliance was doing anything but talking about Iran, Réalité EU‘s International Media Intelligence Analysis brings this report to our attention:

SAS Special Forces Ops in Iran
Britain ‘s Sunday Times reports that British SAS and American
and Australian Special Forces have been engaged in operations inside the Iranian
border to interdict weapons shipments. There have been at least half a dozen
intense firefights between the SAS and arms smugglers, a mixture of Iranians and
Shi’ite militiamen. The unreported fighting straddles the border between Iran
and Iraq and has also involved the Iranian military firing mortars into Iraq .
UK commanders are concerned that Iran is using a militia ceasefire to step up
arms supplies in preparation for an offensive against their base at Basra
airport. An SAS squadron is carrying out operations along the Iranian border in
Maysan and Basra provinces with other special forces, the Australian SAS and
American special-operations troops. They are patrolling the border, ambushing
arms smugglers bringing in surface-to-air missiles and components for roadside
bombs. “Last month, they were involved in six significant contacts, which killed
17 smugglers and recovered weapons, explosives and missiles,” a source said. It
was not clear if any of the dead were Iranian.

You’ll notice that our boys are involved too — but that’s on the Q.T.

4 thoughts on “Times: Thin Red Line extends into Iran

  1. bud

    Brad, if you’re open-minded enough to see it you just proved the anti-occupation point of view completely. The British are withdrawing combat forces from Iraq. Yet, they are still engaging in covert activities to go after the terrorists. Their sector of Iraq is becoming safer with each passing day, which goes against the claims made by the proponents of the “surge”. Therefore the plan of action that would bring about the best outcome for the security of the USA would be to follow the lead of the British and withdraw our combat forces from Iraq while maintaining and active intelligence operation against the terrorists. Thanks for proving my point.

  2. Brad Warthen

    Not following you, bud. Are you actually suggesting that the situations in Basra, the south and the Iranian border are the same as in the Sunni triangle, and call for exactly the same kinds of responses?
    Next you’re going to tell me that it’s also the key to dealing with the Turkish-Kurdish crisis up north…

  3. Mike Cakora

    bud –
    I have really great news for you: the war in Iraq is over in the sense that we know who won. Now we need to keep the peace and train the locals while the politicians do their nasty thing.
    We also now have time and resources to reach out and touch those who might be trying to stir up more trouble, either at in Iraq or elsewhere.


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