Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Iran's secret plan for summer offensive to force US out of Iraq

From Simon Tisdall at The Guardian (UK)

Iran has maintained close links to Iraq's Shia political parties and militias but has previously eschewed collaboration with al-Qaida and Sunni insurgents. But US officials now say they have firm evidence that Tehran has switched tack as it senses a chance of victory in Iraq ... "Their strategy takes into account all these various parties. Iran is playing all these different factions to maximise its future control and maximise US and British difficulties. Their co-conspirator is Syria which is allowing the takfirists [fundamentalist Salafi jihadis] to come across the border," the US official said.

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