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MSM begins to discover Iranian connection in Karbala
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, January 31, 2007

CNN reports:
The Pentagon is investigating whether a recent attack on a military compound in Karbala was carried out by Iranians or Iranian-trained operatives, two officials from separate U.S. government agencies said.

"People are looking at it seriously," one of the officials said.

That official added the Iranian connection was a leading theory in the investigation into the January 20 attack that killed five soldiers.

The second official said: "We believe it's possible the executors of the attack were Iranian or Iranian-trained."

Five U.S. soldiers were abducted and killed in the sophisticated attack by men wearing U.S.-style uniforms, according to U.S. military reports. (Watch how attackers got into the compound Video)

Both officials stressed the Iranian-involvement theory is a preliminary view, and there is no final conclusion. They agreed this possibility is being looked at because of the sophistication of the attack and the level of coordination.

"This was beyond what we have seen militias or foreign fighters do," the second official said.

The investigation has led some officials to conclude the attack was an "inside job" — that people inside the compound helped the attackers enter unstopped.
The New York Times reports:
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.
Bill Roggio of The Fourth Rail made those very points 5 days ago saying it appeared the raid was conducted by Iranian Qods Force. Bill has an update here.

As to it being an inside job, Omar of Iraq the Model had written on the 23 of January (9 days ago):
Let’s assume the attackers fooled the Iraqi guards with their broken English, uniforms and vehicles, but what about their weapons? Were they carrying AK-47’s or M-4’s and M-16’s? Someone in the checkpoints must have seen some of the weapons and at least got a little bit suspicious seeing no American weapons in the vehicles.

Even stranger, no one chased the attackers after that and the excuse is even harder to accept:
When asked why Iraqi police did not intervene to stop the gunmen from fleeing, al-Mishawi said “they assumed it was American-on-American violence and wanted to stay out of it.”
As if this “American-on-American” violence were a daily occurrence!

No Iraqi soldiers, policemen or officials were hurt in the attack. The attackers knew about the timing and location of the meeting and they were certainly not al-Qaeda fighters or Sunni insurgents. I mean why would al-Qaeda or Sunni insurgents risk making the very dangerous trip to the heart of Kerbala to kill American soldiers while they could’ve inflicted more casualties by planting a few IED’s in the streets of places they control? Plus, they wouldn’t have spared the lives of the Iraqis in the building.

If I remember well, some time ago the head of the provincial council was arrested under charges of terrorism, so the local authority in Kerbala isn’t exactly trustworthy.
The governor said there was a security breach but what I smell here is the stench of an inside job at the highest levels in Kerbala.

Like I said earlier, this was not just a brazen attack by some militia or terrorists; behind this is a message and a threat from Iran and its surrogates to turn even the calm parts of Iraq into a dangerous war zone for America and the government in Baghdad.
All to say that certain bloggers seem uniquely positioned (and plugged in) to report in particular environments than the MSM. This particular story is an example of that.

That's not to say it's true in all instances or that bloggers always get it right. It is to say, however, that readers will recognize those who do get it right and read and rely on them more than the MSM where the MSM comes late to the party and essentially relies on press releases for their stories.

What you see in the case of both of the blogs cited is some analysis based on experience, unique sources, location and an understanding of the environment - something seemingly lacking in the two cited MSM reports.
 
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Two days ago, Bill Roggio of The Fourth Rail made those very points 5 days ago
Huh?
 
Written By: ChrisB
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McQ originally reported on Bill Roggio’s post a few days ago. I think that is what he meant.
 
Written By: JWG
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Bad editing on my part. Corrected.
 
Written By: McQ
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What you see in the case of both of the blogs cited is some analysis based on experience, unique sources, location and an understanding of the environment - something seemingly lacking in the two cited MSM reports.
It takes time. The NYTimes only discovered that Saddam really did have WMD capability and ambitions after all in Nov *(and note how quickly THAT story vanished down the MSM memory hole)
 
Written By: shark
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Speaking of the NYT. Look quickly and you will see a NYT news story that contains the absolute minimum of liberal narrative spin ever present in such a story. It is a real collector’s item. The minimum spin is just one shot at the Bush administration:
“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.”
Yes, I know that the spin is probably true in this case and that it helps put the story in context and all that. We have become so used to MSM spin that we hardly notice it. We need to be reminded that there are excellent journalistic reasons for banning it. It is not always as truthful as this comment.
 
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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.”
And thus, the liberals penchant for seeing BUSH as the enemy, for seeing this as BUSH’S war, for seeing only politics instead of national interest is blatantly on display here.

if Iran is tied to the attack, who cares if it helps the president politically. If Iran sanctioned the killing of our soldiers in that attack, the ramifications really go beyond a boost in poll numbers don’t they? In fact, I couldn’t care less about it and anyone who actually cares about the soldiers they always invoke wouldn’t care about it either.
 
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It takes time. The NYTimes only discovered that Saddam really did have WMD capability and ambitions after all in Nov *(and note how quickly THAT story vanished down the MSM memory hole)............
 
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