July 11, 2011
Obama’s new defense secretary, Leon Panetta, has told troops in Iraq the U.S, plans to take on three Shi’ite militia groups in the country. He directly accused Iran of arming and motivating the militias.
CNN propaganda blames Iran for death of U.S. soldiers in Iraq after Gates said U.S. will stay there for years.
“We are very concerned about Iran and the weapons they are providing to extremists here in Iraq,” Panetta said in an address to troops in Baghdad. “In June we lost a hell of a lot of Americans as a result of those attacks. And we cannot just simply stand back and allow this to continue to happen.”
Panetta said the Pentagon will soon act against the militias. “Secondly, to do what we have to do unilaterally, to be able to go after those threats as well, and we’re doing that,” he said.
General Lloyd Austin, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, did not comment on what specific measures unilateral action might involve, Reuters reports today. “I think what the secretary was pointing to was we’ll do what’s necessary to protect ourselves and that could include a host of things … so we’ll just leave it at that,” Austin said.
Three separate Iraqi militias are believed to be involved in attacks on U.S. occupation troops. In particular, officials point to the Hezbollah Brigades, said to be supported by Iran and trained by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard and its special operations wing, the Quds Force.
The Pentagon believes the Hezbollah Brigades was established by the original Lebanese Hezbollah. It was created in response to the Israeli invasion and occupation of southern Lebanon in 1982 and states that it will resist “any imperialist power in Lebanon.”
In 2008, the U.S. specifically targeted the Hezbollah Brigades, the Army of the Righteous, and the Mahdi Army. The groups oppose the occupation of Iraq and have vowed to attack foreign troops.
The attacks increased in March after Obama went back on an election campaign promise to end the occupation. About 46,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq, and those are supposed to leave by December 31 under the terms of a 2008 security agreement between Washington and Baghdad, according to the Pentagon.
New U.S. diplomatic presence in Basra “another type of occupation.”
In May, 75,000 Iraqis protested in Baghdad against the continuation of the U.S. occupation. The protest was organized a day after then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that American troops could remain in the country for years.
Panetta told the troops the U.S. invaded Iraq as a result of the attacks of September 11, 2011. “The reason you guys are here is because on 9/11 the United States got attacked, and 3,000 … innocent human beings got killed because of al Qaeda,” Panetta said. “And we’ve been fighting them as a result.”
Bush and the neocons pushed the false claim that Saddam Hussein allowed al-Qaeda to operate from Iraq. In 2007, the Pentagon admitted that Douglas Feith and the neocons invented the Hussein al-Qaeda link and used it as a propaganda ploy to push for the invasion of the country.
This article was posted: Monday, July 11, 2011 at 9:06 am