Monday, May 12, 2008

British Marines Observed at Iranian Border

Fars is reporting the spotting of British Marines near the Iranian border:

Close to 60 British marines were seen patrolling near the Iranian border of Shalamcheh in groups of 20, carrying light weapons and with the apparent intention of monitoring the condition of the sealed border crossing," sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity told Press TV. These British units are deployed along the Iraqi border with Iran, using Apache helicopters, the sources said. Over 300 American and British forces are currently stationed some 10 km from the Iranian border of Shalamcheh in the Iraqi town of Tanumeh. Members of the terrorist group, the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), have reportedly been sighted among them in American [type] uniforms.

The Iranians are reporting observations of Coalition military movements at their border, with references to physical ties with a terrorist organization known as the MKO. This could be a ratcheting up of an information war, coming on the heels of Iran's disclosure of terrorism as the cause of the recent Shiraz mosque bombing. It also comes during a time of US accusation that Iran is directly involved in arming and training Iraqi Shia militias for fighting inside Iraq.

1 comment:

Joseph Sixpack said...

The report seems to jump to conclusions. How would they know that someone was part of MEK? More than likely, it was an interpreter, member of the ISF, or - perhaps even more likely - the report was fabricated. My understanding is that the US military if forbidden from working with MEK so long as it remains on the State Department list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (it's number 27 on the alphabetical list here - 27. Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK))