AFP: Iran is still training and funding insurgents attacking coalition troops in Iraq, the second highest US general serving in the country said Thursday. WASHINGTON (AFP) Iran is still training and funding insurgents attacking coalition troops in Iraq, the second highest US general serving in the country said Thursday.
“We know that they continue to train Iraqi extremists in Iran, we know that they continue to pay some of these extremists,” General Raymond Odierno told reporters here, referring to Iran.
“We are not sure if they are still sending weapons into Iraq but we are certainly uncovering a lot of Iranian weapons here,” he said in a video conference from Baghdad.
The United States has consistently accused its long-time foe Iran of backing extremists in its majority-Shiite Muslim neighbor, where insurgents have carried out regular deadly attacks following the 2003 US-led invasion.
“What’s happened in the past 100 days is we’re beginning to really start to work with many Shiite groups and we’re really starting to see some reconciliation,” Odierno said.
“But we still have some who mostly are supported by Iran who still are trying to conduct attacks against coalition forces.”