US Sees Iran Behind Troop Deaths in Iraq

Friday, 01 Jul 2011 10:29 AM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
U.S. officials are blaming the uptick in troop deaths in Iraq on increasing sophisticated weaponry used by Iranian-backed militia groups. June’s death toll was 15, making it the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Iraq in two years, The Washington Post reported.

The troops are coming under attack from rockets, armor-piercing grenades and road-side bombs equipped with jam-resistant devices suspected of coming from Iran. The death toll appears to confirm American fears of an increase in violence as troop withdrawals continue, the Post reported.

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan told the Post that the main threat to Americans is from three Shiite militia groups operating in Iraq. Officials believe they are trained and equipped by Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps special forces. “All of them receive at least indirect support from elements in Iran,” Buchanan said, according to the Post.

An attack with a sophisticated rocked killed six American soldiers in early June and it is believed that the Shiite militia group Kataib Hezbollah was responsible. Buchanan told the Post there is “no doubt” that Kataib Hezbollah “follows orders” from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’s Quds Force. “Their leadership lives in Iran, they are directly trained by the Quds Force and they are supplied by them,” Buchanan said, according to the Paper.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

US Hikes Fees for Renouncing Citizenship

Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 22:22 PM

The United States has more than quadrupled the fee to renounce citizenship as record numbers of citizens file to become  . . .

Rabbi Boteach: New York Times Censored Our Anti-Radical Islam Ad

Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 22:13 PM

The New York Times has censored an advertisement taken out by the pro-Jewish group This World: The Values Network, its e . . .

Report: Doctors Bringing Joan Rivers Out of Medical Coma

Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 18:19 PM

Comedian Joan Rivers, who went into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office, was being brought out of her medically induced  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved