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Occam’s Razor Strikes Again

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 12, 2007

I note that General Pace still refuses to back the “Iranian” weapons allegations we’ve discussed here and here.

And I also note that the actions of the Italian Mafia, combined with the riches of the enormous Al Qa Qaa ammo dump (you know, the one that was under UNSCOM guard and intact before we invaded, but was looted once our presence made it impossible for UNSCOM to stick around?) more than suffice to explain how the insurgents attacking US and British troops can stay awash in weapons. (Oh, yes: Turns out that most of the attacks on US/UK troops are from Sunni insurgent groups with ties to Saddam’s old Baathist regime, which is one reason that the National Intelligence Estimate says that Iran — which is run by Shiite mullahs who are staunchly opposed to the Sunni-secularist Baathists — is not ‘a major driver of violence’ in Iraq.)

But you know, this isn’t the first time that Iranians have been accused — falsely, as it turned out — of supplying the Iraqi insurgents.

I give you this story from October 16, 2005:

Eight British soldiers killed during ambushes in Iraq were the victims of a highly sophisticated bomb first used by the IRA, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.


The soldiers, who were targeted by insurgents as they travelled through the country, died after being attacked with bombs triggered by infra-red beams. The bombs were developed by the IRA using technology passed on by the security services in a botched “sting” operation more than a decade ago.

This contradicts the British government’s claims that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is helping Shia insurgents to make the devices.


The Independent on Sunday can also reveal that the bombs and the firing devices used to kill the soldiers, as well as two private security guards, were initially created by the UK security services as part of a counter-terrorism strategy at the height of the troubles in the early 1990s.


According to security sources, the technology for the bombs used in the attacks, which were developed using technology from photographic flash units, was employed by the IRA some 15 years ago after Irish terrorists were given advice by British agents.

So how did the Iraqis get this tech? From the IRA, of course:

Britain claims that the bomb-making expertise now being used in southern Iraq was passed on by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard through Hizbollah, the revolutionary Islamist group it sponsors in Lebanon.


But a former agent who infiltrated the IRA told The Independent on Sunday that the technology reached the Middle East through the IRA’s co-operation with Palestinian groups. In turn, some of these groups used to be sponsored by Saddam Hussein and his Baath party.


The former agent added: “The photographic flashgun unit was replaced with infra-red and then coded infra-red, but basically they were variations of the same device. The technology came from the security forces, but the IRA always shared its equipment and expertise with Farc guerrillas in Colombia, the Basque separatists, ETA and Palestinian groups. There is no doubt in my mind that the technology used to kill our troops in Basra is the same British technology from a decade ago.”

Charming, eh?  

2 Responses to “Occam’s Razor Strikes Again”

  1. Eli said

    IRA, IRG, picky picky picky…

  2. Charles said

    As PW has noted, Chris Floyd’s Ulster on the Euphrates elegantly connects the violence in northern Ireland and in the Middle East:

    With the Anglo-American coalition so deeply embedded in dirty war – infiltrating terrorist groups, “stimulating” them into action,” protecting “crown jewel” double-agents no matter what the cost, “riding with the bad boys,” greenlighting the “Salvador Option” – it is simply impossible to determine the genuine origin of almost any particular terrorist outrage or death squad atrocity in Iraq. All of these operations take place in the shadow world, where terrorists are sometimes government operatives and vice versa, and where security agencies and terrorist groups interpenetrate in murky thickets of collusion and duplicity.

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