November 18, 2007


Iran helps stem flow of weapons, Iraq says (Alissa J. Rubin, November 18, 2007, IHT)

Speaking about Iran, [tIraqi government's spokesman, Ali al-Dabbagh] said that Tehran had helped to persuade the Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr to ask his Mahdi militia to halt attacks. Sadr ordered his militia to stop using weapons in early September, and officials say that the stand-down by Mahdi members has helped improve stability. They say it also seems to have helped decrease the frequency of attacks with explosively formed penetrators, a powerful type of bomb that can pierce heavy armor.

Dabbagh's comments on Iran echoed those of the U.S. military here, who in recent days have gone out of their way to publicly acknowledge Iran's role in helping to slow the flow of weapons into the country.

The commonality of our interests must eventually overwhelm the lingering Anglo-American/Iranian tensions.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 18, 2007 12:00 AM
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