Sunday, October 07, 2007

The Iranian wolf in the Iraqi hen house...

From WaPo: Petraeus puts heat on Iran over Iraq violence.

The ambassador is a Qods force member," said Petraeus, before appearing to suggest that Kazemi-Qomi was not under the U.S. military spotlight because he was a diplomat.

"Now he has diplomatic immunity and therefore he is obviously not subject (to scrutiny). He is acting as a diplomat."

The Iranian embassy in Baghdad had no immediate comment.

Kazemi-Qomi has twice met U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker in Baghdad this year for landmark talks on ways to stabilize Iraq. The discussions have made little headway, with both sides accusing each other over the violence in the country.

Of course the WaPo questions the General's sources (but neglects to do any checking on their own) and I quote:

Petraeus did not say how he knew Iran's ambassador to Baghdad, Hassan Kazemi-Qomi, was a member of the Qods force.

Bonus Taquiyah Bit: The Ambassador of State Sponsored Terror in an interview by CNN makes this claim:

Acts of terrorism and sabotage (in Iraq) are mostly sponsored by the countries whose governments are apparently US allies.