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Wednesday, January 04, 2006


Just one more Iraqi "fact" goes up in smoke (in the Murdoch press, no less):

"Britain has dropped its allegation that Iran has been supplying extremist groups in southern Iraq with bombs.

"After a thorough assessment of the latest intelligence, military and diplomatic officials have stopped pointing the finger at Tehran, merely saying that the new technology matched bomb-making expertise traditionally found in Syria and Lebanon."

Unsurprisingly, the mainstream media has generally ignored this admission.


Blogger Wombat said...

I read a while ago that the British military were refuting this. Obviously that got minimal press coverage.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 10:41:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Indeed. The initial 'scoop' gathered massive headlines - fitting into the world vs Iran paradigm - but this admission, well, a little too inconvenient.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 10:46:00 am  
Blogger boredinHK said...

Or is the spin now adjusted to accept the role Iran is perhaps going to play ?
I though the connection was that Hezbollah had learnt the techniques via the Iranian revolutionary guard?( Could be some other unit I'm not sure )

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 11:44:00 am  
Blogger Pete's Blog said...

Looks like a signal from Britain that it wants to distance itself from US plan's to strike at Iran in the next 18 months.

Seems the US was using UK intelligence assessments to pad out a credible case to turn coalition aggression against Iran. Blair, hopefully, has no stomach to extend the mess he got into over Iraq to a new junior partner operation in Iran.

Expect the US to launch an airstrike against Iranian nuclear infrastructure sites in the next 18 months. The US has sought permission to use Turkish airbases for this purpose. Its likely that carrier airpower and cruise missiles will also be used.

For more exciting info see my website "Spying Bad Things" on espionage matters.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 1:32:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

I think Blair is pretty much on the back foot with his constituency and his own party. He realises he cannot politcally survive another round of being Bush's lapdog.

Much depends on what the rest of Europe decides to do. Given his elevated position of the EU at the moment, he is probabyl trying to keep a low profile. Perhaps he is waiting it out until the heat on Iran is turned on high enough so he can jump on board with Bush's band at the 11th hour.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 1:42:00 pm  

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