Iran’s suicide bombers to stage “readiness” manoeuvres


ImageThere have been new explosive devices used against British troops and elsewhere,'' Blair said. ``The particular nature of those devices leads us to either Iranian elements or Hezbollah that is funded and supported by Iran. .

A senior U.K. diplomat, who requested anonymity, made the accusations in London yesterday, saying Iran and Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed terrorist group, were behind armor-piercing explosives used to kill British troops in Iraq's Shia-dominated south, Agence France-Presse said. While the U.K. has hinted at a link between Iran and violence in Iraq before, this is first time specific allegations, which Iran denied, have been made.

Infra-Red Beam

The type of bombs used in those attacks were similar to the ones favored by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, who provided the technology to a Shiite Muslim group in southern Iraq, the British official said, according to AFP.

The devices are almost impossible to detect or stop, unlike the crude, home-made bombs used by militants in the early stages of the insurgency. They're triggered when a vehicle touches an invisible, infra-red beam and release a metal projectile capable of penetrating most of the armor-plating used by the army.

``We are very much concerned and worried about the news'' that Iran may be linked to the Iraqi insurgency, Talabani said. `` I talked to some Iranian brothers and they deny it. We need more investigations.''

The President added that Iraq wants ``to see an end to the presence of multinational forces but the action of the terrorist are keeping them there.''

A pullout ``would be a catastrophic to the people of Iraq and the cause of democracy, and would be a win for the terrorists,'' Talabani said. ``A timetable will only help'' the insurgents, he added.
 

 

 

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