U.S. Has Arrested More Than 500 Iranians In Iraq And Pursued Others Into Iran
By Sherwood Ross
The Cold War between the U.S. and Iran is heating up.
U.S. military and special-operations teams “have escalated their activities in Iran to gather intelligence” and reportedly “have also crossed the border in pursuit of Iranian operatives from Iraq,” according to investigative reporter Seymour Hersh in an article in the March 5 issue of “The New Yorker” magazine.
“The U.S. military also has arrested and interrogated hundreds or Iranians in Iraq,” Hersh reported, including humanitarian aid workers mistakenly scooped up and released after interrogation.
Hersh quotes a former senior intelligence aide stating: “The word went out last August for the military to snatch as many Iranians in Iraq as they can. They had five hundred locked up at one time. We’re working these guys and getting information from them.”
The intelligence source added, “The White House goal is to build a case that the Iranians have been fomenting the insurgency and they’ve been doing it all along— that Iran is, in fact, supporting the killing of Americans.”