US ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad and State department spokesman Sean McCormack went public with statements that the US would soon detail Iran’s hand in targetting our troops and inflaming the situation in Iraq.
Much of this information is coming from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards al Quds Brigade agents captured during the US raid of the Iranian “liaison center” in Irbil. The prisoners are still in US custody.
The biggest fish caught in the raid was Iranian colonel Fars Hassami,the Revolutionary Guards al Quds Brigade’s number three man, two down from the Brigades commander, General Qassem Sulemaini. The al Quds Brigade is a particularly nasty outfit, and members have been caught serving with Hezbollah in Lebanon and with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The prisoners were interrogated thoroughly, along with an examination of confiscated files in their offices and their computers.
Col. Hassami was in charge of Iranian operations in northern and central Iraq, including supplying intel, arms, explosives and training to Iraq’s Shiite militias, including Moqtada Sadr’s Medhi Army and the Badr force.Hassami was in charge of keeping the carnage going in some of the most violent areas in Iraq, including Tal Afar, Mosul, Haditha, Kirkuk, Samarra, the Banji refinery town, Tikrit, Ramadi, Falluja and Baquba.
He was also in charge of recruiting for al Sadr's Mahdi Army, passing out as much as $1500 in cash to each volunteer.
The raid at Irbil also uncovered a stockpile of Iranian weapons, including over 40 tons of explosives, shoulder-borne `stinger' type anti-air missiles (for use against our helicopters), anti-tank missiles, hundreds of automatic rifles and a pile of ordnance made in Iran.
What's more, the Iranians were good record keepers. They had inventories of the weapons and ammo supplied to the Mahdi Army in Baghdad and elsewhere by Iran in the last few months on their computer hard drives. They also found maps showing the locations of anti-air missile positions for shooting down American helicopters.