February 28, 2007

Iranians State "Right" To Pursue Kurdish Rebels Into Iraq

Ostensibly, this means they won't have any problem if we decide we need to return the favor:

Iran's forces may cross into Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish rebels if the government in Baghdad can't expel the militants from border areas, an Iranian commander said.

"I warn Iraq's Kurdish movements and anti-revolutionary armed insurgents who are linked with foreigners that Iraq's government must oust them from the region," Revolutionary Guards leader Yahya Rahim Safavi was cited as saying today by state-run Mehr News. "Otherwise the Revolutionary Guards, to protect the security of the country and Iranian people, will consider it as their right to chase and neutralize them beyond the borders."

I hope that U.S. State Department diplomats will take measures to make sure this is a reciprocal "right" that can be enjoyed by Coalition military forces as they meet with Iranian diplomats as part of an international meeting on Iraq, but somehow I doubt it.

Update: If I was a Kurdish rebel, and this is an example of the kind of pursuit the Iranians have in mind, I'm not sure that I'd be all that concerned.

The Iranians sure are lucky that the Kurds seem to be having a harder time finding EFPs than their neighbors further south.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at February 28, 2007 01:12 PM

Hey, don't those Iranians look like they are carrying Michael Yon's 'Mystery' Weapon?

Posted by: BohicaTwentyTwo at February 28, 2007 02:18 PM

Hey, don't those Iranians look like they are carrying Michael Yon's 'Mystery' Weapon?

At the very least they don't look real. Of course keeping a well trained army is pretty expensive. That money is better spent paying each other off.

Posted by: Dan Irving at February 28, 2007 03:27 PM

Maybe they're decoys with painted PVC from Allah's Home Depot - but what the hell kind of dirt-bike is that, one of those Chinese Honda-Yamaha rip-offs?
It's not an XR or a YZ, it's an XZ?? Looks like a Mid 80's XL with the sprocket on the wrong side.

Posted by: DirtCrashr at February 28, 2007 06:10 PM

If I were a Kurdish "rebel", I'd arrange to get "chased" by the Iranians towards a US combat unit in Iraq.

Were I a US combat commander, I might be tempted to encourage such a situation.

Posted by: Greg D at February 28, 2007 08:20 PM

Sounds like a useful group to fund as long as they do their work in Iran.

Posted by: iconoclast at March 1, 2007 01:15 PM