Tuesday, March 18, 2008

News Flash - Iran Working with Al Qaeda

Er, actually John McCain just has no idea what he's talking about. During his recent trip to the Middle East Mr. McCain told reporters, on at least two occasions, that he was concerned that Iran was training Al Qaeda fighters.

(from the New York Times)

Mr. McCain said at a news conference in Amman that he continued to be concerned about Iranians “taking Al Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back.” Asked about that statement, Mr. McCain said: “Well, it’s common knowledge and has been reported in the media that Al Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran. That’s well known. And it’s unfortunate.”
Yeah not quite what's going on over there Senator, but it was only your fifth trip to Iraq since the war began, and it was just designed to bolster your foreign policy and national security credentials. So I wouldn't worry too much about screwing it all up.

As the Times and other outlets reported the US believes that Iran is training and financing Shiite insurgent groups, not the Sunni based Al Qaeda in Iraq.

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