Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accepted an invitation to visit neighboring Iraq, Iran's foreign minister said on Sunday, a move that would be unlikely to be welcomed by the United States.
Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki said Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had invited Ahmadinejad after Maliki visited Tehran on August 8-9, but added a final decision had yet to be taken.
President Bush has said that Iran will face unspecified consequences if it continues to assist insurgents. He and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are considering designating the Revolutionary Guard Corps, the elite military force that serves as the guardian of Iran's Islamic state, as a terrorist organization.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki, however, recently made a friendly visit to Tehran, where he glad-handed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He has characterized U.S. accusations against Iran as a spat that he's trying to help mediate.
U.S. military officials say that Iran has supplied the Mahdi Army, which is loosely controlled by radical anti-American cleric Muqtada al Sadr, with explosively formed projectiles, or EFPs. Such devices have proven much more lethal against armored vehicles than the notorious improvised explosive devices, also known as IEDs.
Spokeswoman Conway said that since April, the military has found 217 weapons in four provinces south of Baghdad that it suspects were supplied by Iran. She said the military has not caught any Iranians or Iraqis smuggling weapons across the Iran-Iraq border, but she believes it soon will.
"Just because we're not finding them doesn't mean they're not there," Conway said.
You know, that last line calls for some snark I suppose about how that evidence is hinding with the WMD's in Norm Podhoretz's basement.
But I'd rather ram my head against a wall...preferably one with Michael Gordon acting as a buffer.
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