Hvis ikke Al Quds-styrken i Revolusjonsgarden stanser sin innblading i Irak, kommer USA til å bombe deres treningsleir inne i Iran, opplyser vestlige etterretningskilder.
Nouri al-Malikis regjering holder på å ta et oppgjør med Mahdi-militsen, som amerikanerne mener blir støttet og trent av Iran. Det er mulig Iran ikke vil tillate at deres partner i Irak blir temmet. USA ønsker å sende et klart signal om at innblanding ikke tåles.
The US military is drawing up plans for a «surgical strike» against an insurgent training camp inside Iran if Republican Guards continue with attempts to destabilise Iraq, western intelligence sources said last week. One source said the Americans were growing increasingly angry at the involvement of the Guards’ special-operations Quds force inside Iraq, training Shi’ite militias and smuggling weapons into the country.
However, US commanders are increasingly concerned by Iranian interference in Iraq and are determined that recent successes by joint Iraqi and US forces in the southern port city of Basra should not be reversed by the Quds Force.
«If the situation in Basra goes back to what it was like before, America is likely to blame Iran and carry out a surgical strike on a militant training camp across the border in Khuzestan,» said one source, referring to a frontier province.
They acknowledged Iran was unlikely to cease involvement in Iraq and that, however limited a US attack might be, the fighting could escalate.
Although American defence chiefs are firmly opposed to any attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, they believe a raid on one of the camps training Shi’ite militiamen would deliver a powerful message to Tehran.