U.S. Sees Iran Behind Rising Troop Deaths in Iraq

(Washington Post) Tim Craig and Ed O'Keefe - Three U.S. soldiers were killed this week in a rocket attack at a U.S. base near the Iranian border, the military said Thursday, bringing June's death toll to 15 and marking the bloodiest month for U.S. troops in Iraq in two years. Military officials blamed the mounting death toll on the growing sophistication of weapons that insurgents and Iranian-backed militia groups are using, including powerful rockets, armor-piercing grenades and jam-resistant roadside bombs suspected of coming from Iran. According to Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, chief spokesman for the U.S. military in Iraq, the primary threat to the Americans comes from three Shiite militia groups in Iraq trained and equipped by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

2011-07-01 00:00:00

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