Britain accuses Iran of supplying insurgents


Cygnus X-1

New Member
Please, Log in or Register to view URLs content!


Britain: Iran Supplying Iraq Insurgents


Wednesday October 5, 2005 8:31 PM

LONDON (AP) - Britain believes Iran's Revolutionary Guard is supplying explosive technology that is killing British soldiers in Iraq, including eight who died in separate bombings over the summer, a senior British government official said Wednesday. Tehran rejected the allegation.

Britain's Press Association reported that the official said there was evidence Iran was in contact with Sunni Muslim insurgent groups battling coalition troops in Iraq.

The official, addressing reporters on condition of anonymity, did not specify whether the alleged Iranian technology was also responsible for the deaths of U.S. soldiers, according to the agency.

He reportedly said Britain believed the guard had given insurgents the technology - originally obtained from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah - used in a series of deadly attacks on British troops in southern Iraq over the summer. The soldiers were killed by powerful roadside bombs capable of punching through armored vehicles.

Iran's Foreign Ministry dismissed the accusations.

``It's better they provide their evidence if they have any,'' ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said in Tehran, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency. ``It's clear that they don't have any evidence. They accuse others while they are the source of insecurity, instability and crisis in Iraq.''

The British official said Tehran could be trying to warn Britain off its demands that Iran abandon its nuclear program. ``It would not be outside the policy parameters of Tehran,'' he said, according to Press Association.

He declined to comment on whether Britain believes the Revolutionary Guard was acting independently or on the Iranian government's orders.

The Revolutionary Guard is a military organization separate from the regular armed forces. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was inaugurated earlier this month, is a former commander in the Guards.

Sounds like relations between Britain and Iran are starting to strain.

Sounds like this could be the first few steps on the long road to a possible US-led invasion of Iran. Think about it, Britain would have to abandon the peaceful approach towards dealing with Iran before it can take the forceful approach. :(
 

crazyinsane105

Junior Member
VIP Professional
Forget about invasions. That won't happen to Iran for quite a while. Not until the Iraq insurgency dies down. And I don't forsee that happening for a LONG time.
 

EternalVigil

Banned Idiot
The US or the Brits are'nt going to invade Iran. Israel has already strongly warned the US and UK that if their nuclear plans arent stopped the israelies would do it even if they had no international support. They are really nervous as the mullahs in Iran chant death to Israel and Death to America on a daily basis. I think the coalition forces will just over look the IsraelI air force flying over Iraq to bomb Iran and say but they were nothing we could do about it.
 
Last edited:

Lavi

Junior Member
US invading Iran? Probably not, although I believe that quite much of the money behind the Iraqi insurgents comes from different sources in Iran. Israel attacking the Iranian nuclear sites? Probably, as som Iranian leader explained abouta year ago, "Iran will survive a nuclear attack, Israel can not survive one". Israel is simply to small and Iran to big for any serious MAD threat to evolve out of this, so Israel will probably strike sooner or later with the air force (the F-16I's are really state of the art) or special forces.
 

crazyinsane105

Junior Member
VIP Professional
Lavi said:
US invading Iran? Probably not, although I believe that quite much of the money behind the Iraqi insurgents comes from different sources in Iran. Israel attacking the Iranian nuclear sites? Probably, as som Iranian leader explained abouta year ago, "Iran will survive a nuclear attack, Israel can not survive one". Israel is simply to small and Iran to big for any serious MAD threat to evolve out of this, so Israel will probably strike sooner or later with the air force (the F-16I's are really state of the art) or special forces.
Problem is that Iran's nuke sites are all spread all over the place. Also, Iran has bought several batteries of S-300MPU. Iran has quite a few other SAM systems as well and even though they are old, they represent a huge threat to the IAF because the IAF would lose much fuel evading such systems.
 

MIGleader

Banned Idiot
israels is being a big b##$$ by complaining. thay posses 200 nukes, and are the only power in the region that has em.
isreal is bluffing. it may have advanced gear, but it just doesnt have the same support, leverage, or capability of iran. iran would almost immediatle get russian, chinese, and indian aid. iran's f-14s and mig-29s arnt bad either.
 

PiSigma

"the engineer"
i don't know about Indian aid, remember not very long ago, india just jumped on the bandwagon of accusing Iran's nuclear program. china's military relationship with israel is not bad, if the americans didn't try to stop military transfers between china and israel, china would have a lot more american military tech. russia, maybe, but they just don't have hte resources for such military actions, they also had to deal with chechneya remember.
 

MIGleader

Banned Idiot
PiSigma said:
i don't know about Indian aid, remember not very long ago, india just jumped on the bandwagon of accusing Iran's nuclear program. china's military relationship with israel is not bad, if the americans didn't try to stop military transfers between china and israel, china would have a lot more american military tech. russia, maybe, but they just don't have hte resources for such military actions, they also had to deal with chechneya remember.
india and china both get mammoth oil deals with iran. they would be worried it if their supply was in danger. russia...its friends with iran.
 

FreeAsia2000

Junior Member
I think Russia is too interested in oil deals with Iran at the moment to
allow America to destabalise the regime.

For instance the new pipeline
http://mosnews.com/money/2005/10/03/gazpromiranpipe.shtml
I think pakistan will oppose any russian involvement in it
 

Top