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 Iranian Weapons Smuggled Into Iraq

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A truck filled with high-tech explosives was stopped last week at a checkpoint on Iraq’s border with Iran. The fact that shipments of weapons are being smuggled into Iraq from Iran sparked concern at the Pentagon—but is it enough concern?

U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld reacted to the news soberly: “It's a problem for the Iraqi government,” he said. “It's a problem for the coalition forces. It's a problem for the international community. And ultimately it's a problem for Iran” (BBC News, August 9).

Though the Iranian government quickly denied being involved, U.S. officials believe the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps are responsible for the weapons smuggling. Of course, the leading mullahs fully support the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which was created by decree from the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979.

While acknowledging that it is unclear who exactly acquired and transported the weapons cache into Iraq, Rumsfeld said, “What you do know of certain knowledge is the Iranians did not stop it from coming in” (CNN, August 10). He specifically referred to Iran's failure to stop weapons smuggling as being “unhelpful.”


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