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pogge
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posted 18 February 2003 07:33 PM      Profile for pogge   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
From the Financial Times

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Iranian-backed Iraqi opposition forces have crossed into northern Iraq from Iran with the aim of securing the frontier in the event of war, according to senior Iranian officials.
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The forces, numbering up to 5,000 troops, with some heavy equipment, are nominally under the command of Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim, a prominent Iraqi Shia Muslim opposition leader who has been based in Iran since 1980 and lives in Tehran.

[snip]

Iranian officials insist that force's role in the north is defensive but its presence will exacerbate the concerns of the US and especially the Arab world that military intervention in Iraq will lead to a permanent disintegration of the country. Through inserting a proxy force, Iran is underlining that it cannot be ignored in future discussions over Iraq's make-up.


The plot thickens.


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Moredreads
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posted 18 February 2003 07:37 PM      Profile for Moredreads     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Wait until the Syrians send their 'peacekeepers' to Baghdad!
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josh
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posted 18 February 2003 07:40 PM      Profile for josh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Why do I see the American cable networks gearing up for a new mini-series, "Showdown with Tehran."
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Michelle
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posted 18 February 2003 07:46 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Maybe because the folks at CNN have already commissioned the theme music for it?
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pogge
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posted 18 February 2003 07:51 PM      Profile for pogge   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
The concern I have is that the more yahoos there are running around with guns in the same neighbourhood, the more likely some incident, whether accidental or intentional, will become the spark that sets this thing off. The Turks already have a presence in northern Iraq and American Special Forces have been moving in for months. It's becoming a real party zone.
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Moredreads
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posted 18 February 2003 07:54 PM      Profile for Moredreads     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
They are not going to let happen what happened in Basra in 90.
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DrConway
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posted 18 February 2003 09:20 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I just have two words: "Oh, crud."
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skdadl
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posted 19 February 2003 10:29 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
There's a report in the Grope today about the various Iraqi opposition groups now gathering in Protected Kurdistan. (I just invented that term: feel free to improve upon it if you have a better idea.)

Those groups are, apparently, already arguing with each other but united in their suspicion that the Americans are not fully including them in their plans for the postwar regime.


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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 19 February 2003 11:07 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
there's a report in the Guardian today on Blair very selectively qutoing from Iraqi exiles, who happen to be backed by Iran, to support his pro-war case ...

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Mr Blair took a personal interest in Iraqi human rights after meeting a group of seven Iraqi women at Downing Street last November, two of whom wept as they told him their stories. But he was criticised yesterday for selectively quoting from those Iraqis who share his views while ignoring other exiles who have written to No 10 opposing war.

At least one of the letters Mr Blair published is signed by the UK leader of an Iranian-backed Shia Muslim group, the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq.

Although Dr al-Bayati is not seeking an Iranian-style theocracy, the fact that Mr Blair has joined forces with an Iranian-backed Shia group to attack domestic opponents may come as a surprise.



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