I'm way too cynicalposted by The Vidiot @ 7:50 AM Permalink to believe this.
Excerpt: Iran is secretly forging ties with al-Qaida elements and Sunni Arab militias in Iraq in preparation for a summer showdown with coalition forces intended to tip a wavering US Congress into voting for full military withdrawal, US officials say.Why would Iran do ANYTHING that could provoke any sort of military retaliation by the US. It makes no sense to me. The article quoted a "senior US official in Baghdad," so naturally, I'm wary. Additionally, the "official" says that Iran is working with Syria in all of this.
The article also goes on to say:
Excerpt: Any US decision to retaliate against Iran on its own territory could be taken only at the highest political level in Washington, the official said. But he indicated that American patience was wearing thin.Highest political level? Well, everyone knows Dick Cheney has already made up his mind.
Warning that the US was "absolutely determined" to hit back hard wherever it was challenged by Iranian proxies or agents inside Iraq, he cited the case of five alleged members of the Revolutionary Guard's al-Quds force detained in Irbil in January. Despite strenuous protests from Tehran, which claims the men are diplomats, they have still not been released.
But you have to notice that not once in that whole article was one person named. NOT ONE.
I usually think highly of The Guardian, but this is as shoddy as anything Rupert Murdoch puts out.
Update: Oh yeah, and why would the Iranian Shias be working with the Iraqi Sunnis?