October 5, 2006


British patrols find no evidence of arms traffic from Iran: US allegations are put to test in Iraqi desert (Ellen Knickmeyer, 10/05/06, Washington Post)

Britain, whose forces have had responsibility for security in southeastern Iraq since the war began, has found nothing to support the Americans' contention that Iran is providing weapons and training in Iraq, several senior military officials said.

"I have not myself seen any evidence -- and I don't think any evidence exists -- of government-supported or instigated" armed support on Iran's part in Iraq, British Defense Secretary Des Browne said in an interview in Baghdad in late August.

"It's a question of intelligence versus evidence," Labouchere's commander, Brigadier James Everard of Britain's 20th Armored Brigade, said last month at his base in the southern region's capital, Basra.

As with Iraq, the moral argument for intervention is sufficient--no need to cook the books.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 5, 2006 12:47 PM
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