Iran "Taking Control of Southern Iraq by Stealth"

[Telegraph-UK] Thomas Harding - Iranian intelligence is preparing for complete dominance of southern Iraq when the British withdraw by penetrating Basra's security network and political parties. Iraqi intelligence sources said Iran plans to reap the huge financial rewards presented by Iraq's southern oil fields. Commanders are anxious that once they pull out of Basra in May, the Iranian-backed militias will take over the political and security structures, undoing four years of work that has cost 129 British lives and billions of pounds.

2007-01-16 01:00:00

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