Appeasing Iran Hurts Us in Iraq, Too
President Obama, fresh off the implementation of the nuclear accord and a prisoner swap, may want to believe that Iran is, “a very successful regional power” that will abide “by international norms and international rules.” This flies in the face of Iran’s long record of making war on Americans, using the same tactics time after time.
On Jan. 20, 2007, a dozen or so Iraqi militants wearing military uniforms and driving black GMC Suburbans drove into the Karbala provincial government headquarters in a brazen attempt to kidnap U.S. soldiers. One U.S. soldier died in a gun battle. Four others were seized by the attackers and murdered during the course of a pursuit by U.S. forces. Qais Khazali and Laith Khazali – two leaders of an Iranian-backed terrorist group called Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) were captured, and revealed Iran’s Quds Force involvement in the planning of the attack. The Khazali brothers were freed and are back running AAH, which is more powerful than ever and appears to be back to its old tricks.
AAH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Iran’s Quds Force. It is inconceivable that it could kidnap and hold Americans — a course of action with significant international repercussions — without at least the acquiescence, and probably the active support, of Tehran. Yet the Obama administration is doing all it can to obfuscate that reality. If another news report is to be believed, the administration is pretty sure who is responsible for the kidnapping but just won’t say so in public. The United States has become dependent on Iran not just in carrying out the nuclear deal that will form the core of Obama’s foreign policy legacy. It is also dependent on Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq for fighting the Islamic State.