This is coolbert:
I recall this very incident creating a a mild stir at the time. NOW almost three years ago. Since that time, nothing more. As reported by the New Duranty Times [New York Times]:
"Iran May Have Trained Attackers That Killed 5 American Soldiers, U.S. and Iraqis Say"
January 31, 2007
"BAGHDAD, Jan. 30 — Investigators say they believe that attackers who used American-style uniforms and weapons to infiltrate a secure compound and kill five American soldiers in Karbala on Jan. 20 may have been trained and financed by Iranian agents"
"the sophistication of the attack astonished investigators"
"said the attackers had carried forged American identity cards and American-style M-4 rifles and had thrown stun grenades of a kind used only by American forces here."
NOT persons "trained and financed by Iranian agents"! Iranian agents totally able to impersonate American soldiers. The appearance, the uniforms, ID cards, the weapons, the vehicles, the weaponry, the language, the slang, etc. Total and almost fool-proof impersonation that surprises!!
Iranian agents [??], false-flag units or pseudo-forces, operating in Iraq, able to abduct and then execute American troops.
"•False flag or pseudo-operations where troops of one side dress like another to eliminate or discredit them and their support"
And there was precedent for this sort of thing in Iraq? Again, this was observed on previous occasions and should not have surprised as it did?
From the book: "EMBEDDED A Marine Crops Adviser Inside the Iraqi Army"
"'a group of men approached my corporate headquarters in Baghdad dressed in U.S. Army camouflage uniforms, spoke fluent English, and told me that they needed to set up a meeting.'
'The following week the gentlemen I originally met came to my offices . . . this time dressed in civilian clothes . . . However, the lead U.S. Army soldier had an odd request. He asked me to bring all of my employees outside and put them in a line so they could search them for weapons . . . I followed the request and marched all of my employees outside the building . . . I turned around and to my horror there were five men dressed in U.S. Army fatigues pointing AK-47s and RPK machine guns in our direction. The men transitioned from speaking fluent English and began chanting in fluent Arabic with a Persian [Iranian] accent . . . They opened fire on us, mowing us down like weeds. . . . it was an execution mission set up by sophisticated Iranian terrorists.'"
[this story as related by a Sunni Iraqi contractor doing work for the U.S. government and military in Iraq. This particular incident occurring slight more than one year prior to the abduction and execution of the American troops]
So there we have it. Iranians, able to impersonate American soldiers flawlessly. And COMMITTING ATROCITY AGAINST THOSE PERECEIVED AS COLLABORATING WITH THE AMERICANS! Acting on behalf of the Shia militants such as Al-Sadr who are opposed to the American presence in Iraq? Creating much heightened and unwarranted animosity between Sunni and Shia and doing so in a manner as to make the victims suspect U.S. military units are to blame!!
* Such persons able to impersonate Americans might very well be Americans themselves? Having an ability to speak fluent English and "pass" for a U.S. troop might very well suggest that these villains are in reality persons born and raised in the U.S., having repatriated to Iran at some point, in furtherance of the Iranian and Islamic cause? Maybe only U.S. intelligence knows for sure.
* How many times has this same sort of murderous rampage played out in Iraq? Iraqi, presumably Sunni, being slaughtered by what they THOUGHT were U.S. troops?
* Getting caught on the battlefield wearing the uniform wearing the adversary is normally a case where the perpetrator merits and receives the death penalty, usually with all due dispatch!
* The use of false-flag or pseudo-forces is something very ticklish and ONLY can be approved by the highest authorities in Tehran? Surely something that is expected to rankle and raise the hackles of the American military and civilian leaders. But then, the Iranians are well capable of such actions, as we all know.
[Victor Ostrovsky the renegade Israeli Mossad katsa [case officer] relates that he actually witnessed Jordanian false-flag units in operation. Jordanian soldiers able to impersonate with great skill Israeli troops and do so with impunity!!]