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Karbala raid yeilds high-level IRGC-QF leader
Posted by: McQ on Friday, September 07, 2007

Coalition forces are turning their sites more and more on Shia militias in provinces in which they're active. As Bill Roggio reports (Roggio is again in Iraq), a recent raid in Karbala snagged a big fish from Iran:
As Coalition and Iraqi forces maintain the pressure on al Qaeda's network throughout Iraq, the Shia terror organizations are also being hit hard. Over the past several days, Iraqi and Coalition forces have conducted numerous raids against the Iranian-backed Shia terror groups known as the Special Groups. On September 5, Coalition forces announced the capture of "a highly-sought individual suspected of being an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) affiliate" during a raid in Karbala.

The Special Groups agent, who has not been identified, is "suspected of coordinating with high-level IRGC-QF officers for the transportation of multiple Iraqis to Iran for terrorist training at IRGC-QF training camps." The suspect also serves as a logistical operative and "is closely linked to individuals at the highest levels of the IRGC-QF. Coalition forces are still assessing his possible connection to the Special Groups." Documents, photographs, communications equipment, and computers were found during the raid on his home.
This is a part of Operation Phantom Strike, which began a few weeks ago. All of the commanders I've talked too in mixed sectarian areas are saying that the focus of their "kinetic" operations (raids, clearing ops, etc) are the Shia "special groups" who are, apparently, supported by IRGC-QF personnel. Rolling up such an operative is an indication of how well these ops are going. I means we're definitely inside their decision cycle and have them off stride.

However, this is only part of the problem. As Roggio relates:
Recently, Muqtada al Sadr admitted in an interview with The Independent that his Mahdi Army trained and received guidance from Hezbollah. Sadr's aide later denied the interview took place. Lebanese Hezbollah is essentially the foreign wing of Iran's Qods Force.
Iran, given this (and this isn't a new revelation) is providing training for these Shia "special groups" (also known as "rogue groups" from the Mahdi army but I question whether they're rogue at all). It is also reported that training takes place on the other side of the Iranian border. To finally defeat these groups, the Iranian connection is going to have to somehow be severed.

Al Sadr and Iran are both playing a dangerous game and so far getting away with it. I'm not sure how far we're willing to go in stopping this, but I'd guess this focus on the IRGC-QF and Shia "special groups" inside Iraq is only the beginning.
 
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To finally defeat these groups, the Iranian connection is going to have to somehow be severed.
I understand that guided bombs are great at cutting things.

Why we aren’t poking Israel saying "Look, we’ll publicly back, you, and privately give you stuff... No bomb the sh*t outta Iran" is beyond me.

Bomb them back into the stone age...

Which for them would be about two weeks ago last wednesday...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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I’m not being flip when I say that, while capturing these guys surely will yield important intel, we need to see more "fierce gun battles" ensuing. Maybe in a week or so this guy could be "killed in an escape attempt".

The Quds are playing a dangerous game here—we need to exact a price for it. Simply capturing these guys while Tehran abducts another Western visitor in retribution is playing on their turf.
 
Written By: spongeworthy
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Last I checked, Iraq was a sovereign nation that was having a number of high-level meetings with Iranian officials on a range of topics, including reconstruction, energy and security.

The dangerous game being played here is the US taking on Shiite militias. Sadr, Badr and Dawa forces represent the interests of millions of Iraqis. Maliki has already complained about US focusing attacks on Shia, and further attacks could really destabilize an already weak government.

And finally, it seems quite odd that the capture of one (1) Iranian would be the cause of such triumphalism on a blog sponsored by ex-military. The capture of one guy? C’mon.
 
Written By: Francis
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The detained individual is suspected of coordinating with high-level IRGC-QF officers for the transportation of multiple Iraqis to Iran for terrorist training at IRGC-QF training camps. He is also a known logistics facilitator providing lethal aid to terrorists operating in central Baghdad.
Yep, taking him out isn’t going to effect anything. Why bother reporting it at all???
Last I checked, Iraq was a sovereign nation that was having a number of high-level meetings with Iranian officials on a range of topics, including reconstruction, energy and security.
You forgot the part about Iran also supporting terrorists working against the Iraqi government.
Sadr, Badr and Dawa forces represent the interests of millions of Iraqis.
They represent THEIR OWN INTERESTS. If they were interested in the fate of Iraqis, they’d have joined the government and not been working against it.
The capture of one guy? C’mon
I suppose this is the official notice that, should we capture Osama bin Laden, we aren’t supposed to have any news releases about it. After all, it will just be one guy.

The depths of negativism amaze me.
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
I think this problem will mostly solve itself in 2009, when the next Iraqi election are held. Iran is going to be very unpoplar by then, and the political cover for these Shia extremists will evaporate like summer dew.

Iraqis have a free press, Internet access and ten times as many phones as they did in 2003. They’re going to realize Iran is killing Iraqis.
 
Written By: TallDave
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The depths of negativism amaze me.
This is Francis yer talking about... It isn’t negativism, not at all...

It’s utter stupidity.
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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And finally, it seems quite odd that the capture of one (1) Iranian would be the cause of such triumphalism on a blog sponsored by ex-military.
Triumphalism?

Ye gods ...

It’s a report on a capture and its significance (i.e. how deeply Iran is invested in fomenting the violence perpetrated by the sectarian Shia militias there).
 
Written By: McQ
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I was thinking the same thing, and had to lookup the word just to makes sure.

Francis - You Keep Using That Word; I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
One guy captured - um, Saddam Hussein.
I didn’t want to get the demerits for being the first to bring up the leader of a certain European country in the 30’s and 40’s but there was another rather obvious ’one guy’ on my list first.

Geeze Francis, it’s so obvious that one guy, the right one guy, DOES make a difference.
And in cases like this, the right one guy could lead to the capture or destruction of a large number of other scum bags.
 
Written By: looker
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Francis, obviously you can’t comprehend "reward our friends and punish our enemies."

Translation: use the Shia to convince the Sunni they’ve lost and should work with us, then take the Sunnis and deal with Mookie and friends.

See also: "Defeat in detail." Have you ANY clue about tactics? (Rhetorical question)
 
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