Samme kilde som avslørte Irans hemmelige atomprogram, sier nå at Iran driver opplæring av irakere i avansert våpenbruk på iransk territorium, for at de skal dra tilbake og drepe amerikanere og briter mer effektivt.
Hvis opplysningene stemmer kan det forklare hvorfor USA har inntatt en mer offensiv holdning til Iran den senere tid.
As the casualties mount, US officials have disclosed that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are training Iraqi militants to attack American and British forces with modern anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles.
The officials believe the aim is to teach insurgents techniques pioneered by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon last year. They say groups of Iraqi Shi’ites are being organised and sent to camps in southern Iran, where they are trained by the Qods force, the Revolutionary Guards’ overseas branch.
The force is said to have established a strong relationship with both the Mahdi Army of the radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and the Badr Brigade, the military wing of Iraq’s biggest Shi’ite political party.
The training includes the use of shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles. Brigadier General Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Qods force, secretly visited Iraq recently.
Alirezah Jafarzadeh, who revealed the existence of Iran’s secret nuclear sites and is the author of a new book, The Iran Threat, said: «The Qods force are bringing in Iraqi recruits in groups of 20 or more to training sessions in southern Iran.»
Officials in Washington believe the Iranian plan is to encourage insurgents to abandon chaotic attacks on civilians. Instead, a disciplined force would target British and American troops.