Thursday, June 07, 2007

The Face of the Enemy

But who's looking? -- besides MNF Iraq. Iran's secret IED networks now have names. And Bill Roggio describes Coalition and Iraqi security forces work to dismantle the Iranian run Sheibani and Qazali networks. "The overarching network is actually the Sheibani Network, an unnamed intelligence official informed us. The Qazali network was described as a radical splinter Mahdi Army unit which operates under the aegis of the Sheibani network."

Iran's Qods Force has set up the Qazali and Sheibani networks to provide for plausible deniability....

The U.S. currently has 7 senior members of Iran's Qods Force in custody after raids in Baghdad in December of 2006 and Irbil in January of 2007. The Qazali Network responded by kidnapping and murdering 5 U.S. soldiers during a complex attack on the Joint Provincial Coordination Center in Karbala on January 20. On May 19, Coalition forces killed Azhar al-Dulaimi during a raid in Baghdad's Sadr City.

Sadr, who recently returned from Iran after fleeing the country at the onset of the Baghdad Security Plan, have a role in the "secret network," according to Azzaman. "Sadr’s sudden emergence and his meetings have been prompted by the defection of one of his most senior aides, former Health Minister Ali al-Shammari," the former Minister of Health, anonymous sources inside Sadr's inner circle told Azzaman.

Read the whole thing.


Blogger Phoenix_Blogger said...

Sadr's actions and allegiance seem to be some open secret. Is Malaki waiting for the right opportunity to pounce on this guy as an enemy of the state supporting a private army? Yes, this would cause the Mahdi army to take to the streets, but they are already attacking coalition forces and it would seem that Sadr is getting a free pass. Maliki hasn't even publicly rebuked Sadr for his closeness to Iran?

6/08/2007 08:45:00 AM  

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