News On Iran & Its NeighboursIraq2 US Republican senators allege they have 'evidence' Iran...

2 US Republican senators allege they have ‘evidence’ Iran sent weapons, trained militants in Iraq

-

AP: Two U.S. Republican senators said Sunday the United States has evidence that Iran sent weapons and trainers to instruct militants in Iraq to carry out terror attacks there. Associated Press

SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) – Two U.S. Republican senators said Sunday the United States has evidence that Iran sent weapons and trainers to instruct militants in Iraq to carry out terror attacks there.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, told a World Economic Forum panel discussion on Iraq’s future that during a trip last week to Iraq, he saw “evidence that Iran was supplying weapons and bomb-making components to Iraqi terrorists.”

A former Iranian government official, who was on the same panel as Hatch, denied the claims, saying his country was falling prey to a “barrage of accusations” from the U.S. since the Islamic revolution in 1979.

“Iraq is already so full of arms that it doesn’t need arms from Iran,” said hard-liner Mohammed J.A. Larijani, a former deputy foreign minister and brother to Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani.

But Sen. Gordon Smith, a Republican from Oregon, told the same panel he saw “confiscated Iranian weapons” and captured Iranians who confessed to a mission to train Iraqi extremists in military tactics.

The two senators did not elaborate. But the U.S. military announced two days ago that it arrested six suspected insurgents in northeast Iraq for membership in a cell that imports weapons from neighboring Iran and sends Iraqis to Iran for training.

Washington says Iran sends members of its elite Republican Guard units into Iraq to carry out deadly attacks and train militias allied with the Shiite-dominated government. Iran denies the allegations.

Larijani said the two senators’ allegations were part of U.S. President George W. Bush’s propaganda campaign against Iran that included labeling the country part of the “axis of evil.”

“Is this a sign of respect?” he questioned, addressing the U.S. senators, who demanded Iranian cooperation with the U.S. to help stabilize Iraq.

Hatch said Washington “respects” the Iranian people, and the U.S. needed to do a better job in “dealing with our friends in Iran.”

“But there are clear indications and there’s no doubt that Iran is sending weapons to kill not only Americans in Iraq, but also Iraqis,” said Hatch, who later warmly shook hands with Larijani.

Latest news

Snapback Sanctions, a Must Response to Iran’s Human Rights Abuse and JCPOA Violations

The protests in Iran have been going on for more than two months, even though the regime is cracking...

Growing Disintegration Among Iran Regime’s Forces

Iran has been shaken by a wave of nationwide protests since mid-September. The trigger was the death of the...

Grim Tidings for Iran’s Regime After Approval of UN Fact-Finding Mission

After many discussions and debates, the United Nations Human Rights Council has approved a fact-finding mission to investigate the...

Iranian People’s Resistance Changed the Appeasement Policy

Soon after the new US government started its obligations in January 2021, hand in hand with the European governments...

Khamenei’s Disgraceful Campaign Against Piranshahr and Javanrud, Who Will Be the Loser?

On the 67th day of Iran’s revolution, the Iranian regime attempted to put a halt to the protests in...

Iran: Expensive Medicine, Cheap Human Life

A look at the equipment and weapons that the Iranian regime has been using against its people to suppress...

Must read

Photos: Two hanged in Iran capital for killing senior judge

Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Aug. 03 - Iranian authorities...

Iran’s oil revenue to reach $60 billion – minister

Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 27 - Iran’s Oil...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you