Friday, January 26, 2007

US Troops authorised to kill Iranian Operatives in Iraq

"In Iraq, U.S. troops now have the authority to target any member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, as well as officers of its intelligence services believed to be working with Iraqi militias. The policy does not extend to Iranian civilians or diplomats. Though U.S. forces are not known to have used lethal force against any Iranian to date, Bush administration officials have been urging top military commanders to exercise the authority."

This may sound like common sense but the problem is that in any escalation of Iraq as a proxy war we stand a good chance of losing. The Iranians have more popular support and no troops directly in harms way. The idea that a few of their operatives getting shot will deter them is absurd but it might cause them to treat it more like a proxy war, at the moment it seems plausible they see their job largely as cementing the Shia advantage for a post-US involvement Iraq, which will make our job pacifying the country far harder.

1 comment:

Dick Wheatley said...

As many have pointed out about this "rule of engagement" why now? Was it illegal,before, if so, why must it be made legal now. Tie the soldiers arms! Untie the soldiers arms! This sounds like a spillover from Von Rummy!