President Bush’s former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton is calling on the U.S. to bomb the camps in Iran where insurgents are training to fight in Iraq.
“This is a case where the use of military force against a training camp to show the Iranians we’re not going to tolerate this is really the most prudent thing to do,” Bolton said in remarks reported by The Telegraph in Britain.
“Then the ball would be in Iran’s court to draw the appropriate lesson to stop harming our troops.”
Bolton acknowledged that a strike could spark an Iranian response harming American interests overseas, but insisted that the damage inflicted by Iran would be “far higher” if the U.S. did not act.
An American military spokesman disclosed last week that the Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was using personnel from Lebanon’s Hezbollah to train fighters from Iraq’s Shiite militias.
Col. Donald Bacon said fighters captured in Iraq told interrogators that thousands of Iraqis were training in Iran.
The main training camp is located near the town of Jalil Azad, The Telegraph reported.
Last week the Iraqi government sent a five-member delegation to Tehran to meet with the Quds Force commander to plead for an end to Iranian involvement in Iraq.
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