British government officials have shown -- and continue to show -- American intelligence officials information indicating that Iran is operating "training camps" for bombers who carry out terrorist attacks on coalition forces, Iraqi security forces and civilians. It appears that the training is accelerating in order to create havoc and destabilize the fledgling Iraqi government at the same time that the terrorist group Hezbollah has instigated a war with Israel.
Previously, the British accused Iran of being accessories in the killings of soldiers using sophisticated explosive devices. But intelligence officers go much further now by saying the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which has close links to the government, is teaching Shia fighters how to make the bombs in Iran and then they're transporting them across the border into Iraq.
These latest charges come after Iraqi and coalition forces discovered unexploded devices and submitted them to ordinance experts. A forensic examination of the bombs is being made in Baghdad which military experts believe will aid in devising security measures and may also reveal evidence of an Iranian signature. The armor-piercing, infrared bombs have reportedly killed dozens of US and British soldiers.
Government officials in Britain have accused the Iranians of tactical involvement in Iraq as a result of what Tehran perceives as Western bullying over the nuclear issue. It's also to believed the Iranians wish to keep US and British forces tied down in Iraq to avert a possible attack on Iran. Iran has vehemently denied the accusations and has claimed instead that Britain is pressuring Iran over its nuclear program by publicizing the bombing incidents.
The revelations of the alleged Iranian involvement made by defense and diplomatic sources in Iraq was compelling and detailed. The military says they are "trying to counter the bomb threat by training the trainers and the [Iranians] are doing the same. People are being trained [in Iran] and then slip back into Iraq, 10 at a time, to train others maybe 50 at a time."
Intelligence reports strongly suggest that terrorist training camps are being run in Iran, and that there is some intelligence that strongly suggests there are camps in Syria. Forensic examinations of explosive devices shows that the technology has been "proliferating," leading to a drastic rise in attacks on civilians and soldiers which now average more than three per week.
US, British and Iraqi security forces have uncovered caches of weapons including over 60 rockets, mortars and landmines, as well as the Iranian-made infrared explosive devices. Intelligence officers believe weapons are being stashed by insurgents throughout Iraq in the hopes of initiating a major insurgency offensive. And Iran gains time to continue their nuclear weapons program by helping to keep coalition forces bogged down in Iraq.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for a number of organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional.