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The Defense Department Recognizes Iran’s Proxy War

Does America have a plan to stop the Iranians? Or, is the killing of Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan acceptable?

1:00 PM, Apr 20, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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This is correct. But you may recall a few years back, when reports of Iranian IEDs ending up in Iraq continued to mount, that the DoD and the American press pretended as if they did not know whether or not the Iranian government was aware of this activity. The IRGC was portrayed as “rogue” outfit. For instance, on February 17, 2007, the New York Times ran a piece titled, “Iranian Force, Focus of U.S., Still a Mystery,” which encapsulated the thinking then.

“We know that the Quds Force is involved [in supplying IEDs in Iraq],” Defense Secretary Robert Gates was quoted as saying. “We know the Quds Force is a paramilitary arm of the I.R.G.C.”

“So we assume that the leadership of the I.R.G.C. knows about this,” Gates surmised. “Whether or not more senior political leaders in Iran know about it, we don’t know.” And just this past March, military officials continued to pretend that they did not know whether the Iranian regime approved of Taliban fighters being trained on Iranian soil.

In this latest report, the DoD drops this claim of ignorance. The DoD now concedes that the IRGC “is not a rogue outfit.”

That is, the Iranian regime is waging a proxy war against America and her allies in Afghanistan and Iraq. The IRGC is the instrument by which the regime carries out its designs. And they know full well what they are doing and have a plan for continuing to do it. 

Does America have a plan to stop the Iranians? Or, is the killing of Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan acceptable?

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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