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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Lies allegations and smog


Iran 'is training Basra killers'

“Specialist bomb-makers targeting British troops in southern Iraq are being trained by an elite arm of Iran's armed forces, defence sources say.”
From: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4333246.stm

(all highlights below have been made by me)


“Insurgents making tank-busting explosives, which have killed eight UK soldiers in recent months, are being trained in Iran and Lebanon, they say.
BBC defence correspondent Paul Wood says the claims implicate the Iranian government.

Tehran denies them.


The MoD said the new claims supported Tony Blair's concerns of an Iran link.
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The prime minister said evidence linked the attacks either to Iran or its militant, Lebanese allies Hezbollah, but added that officials could not be sure.
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These fresh claims, which first appeared in the Sun newspaper, follow earlier allegations by a British official over Iranian links to the Shia insurgents in southern Iraq.


The unnamed official also linked the type of bombs used in the attacks on UK forces in Basra to Iran's Revolutionary Guard.
They had provided technology to a Shia Muslim group in southern Iraq, he claimed, prompting a diplomatic storm.
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………….. Mr Blair said it was clear "that there have been new explosive devices used - not just against British troops but elsewhere in Iraq.


"The particular nature of those devices lead us either to Iranian elements or to Hezbollah... however, we can't be sure of this," he added.
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A spokesman said the evidence pointed towards Iranian involvement, but it did not have decisive proof.
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he said there was no clear proof Iran's Revolutionary Guard was involved.

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.... the Iranian government has dismissed the claims as "baseless" and demanded the UK government produce evidence to back up the claims.

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For the full article see the above link.
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Comments:

Call me cynical if you like  ……… but haven’t we been here before?
Don’t words like ‘claimed’, ‘we cannot be sure’, ‘unnamed official’, ‘no clear proof’, ‘no decisive proof’, ‘The Sun Newspaper’ ……………….. oh yes, and ‘Tony Blair’, ring any bells?

Didn’t we hear all these words in the run up to March 2003?

Or am I mistaken …………………?
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From the same article:

“Meanwhile British forces in Iraq are trying to draw a line under the storming of a police station in Basra by saying the UK is prepared to pay compensation for injuries and damage suffered in the incident.

"We also regret the casualties on both sides and the material damage to public facilities," the statement said.

"The British Government is prepared to pay valid claims for compensation for casualties and material damage in the well-established manner." “
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Comments:

A cynic may argue that ‘in the well-established manner’, when applied to this particular response will be to pay up and hope that a financial transaction makes all talk of accountability go away.  

So it’s okay for the British Government to ‘draw a line’ under ‘incidents’ and create a comfortable ‘smog’ over these matters, but it’s not okay for them to question whether a similar ‘smog’ (of hearsay and allegations) actually provides any clear-cut evidence of aggression and threat by Iran …………………..

Why is that, I wonder?

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A link to the Iraq timeline: July 16 1979 to January 31 2004:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/page/0,12438,793802,00.html











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