Not a surprise to those who recalled that Quds Force is sheltering Al Qaeda’s Shura Council, trying to insinuate its agents into Al Qaeda, gave Shi’ite murdering madman Zarqawi free passage through the country, and supports Sunni Hamas and Shi’ite Hezbollah simultaneously, but there is evidence that Iran has been playing both sides of the sectarian war in order to increase its influence in Iraq.
In particular, it’s now proved that Iran is clandestinely cooperating with Sunni Jihadists who blew up the Golden Mosque in Samarra and started the sectarian attacks and counter-attacks that threaten to spiral into an all-out civil war. If that doesn’t shake up the growing alliance between Iraq’s Dawa Party, SCIRI, and Iran then I’m a monkey’s uncle.
There are still those in the West who believe that no Shi’ite terrorist would ever cooperate with a Sunni terrorist, or a Christian terrorist. I have one word for them, Lebanon. I have another two, George Habash (look him up in Wikipedia). Here is a perfect example of how this hemming and hawing works (emphasis mine).
A former State Department senior analyst on Iraq and Iran who left government service in 2005, Wayne White, said he did not think it was likely the Quds Force was supporting Sunni terrorists who were targeting Shiite political leaders and civilians, but stressed he did not know.
“I have no doubt whatsoever that al-Quds forces are on the ground and active in Iraq,” he said. “That’s about it. I saw evidence that Moqtada al Sadr was in contact with Sunni Arab insurgents in western Iraq, but I never saw evidence of Iran in that loop.”
Mr. White added, “One problem that we all have is that people consistently conduct analysis assuming that the actor is going to act predictably or rationally based on their overall mindset or ideology. Sometimes people don’t.
“One example of a mindset that may hinder analysis of Iranian involvement is the belief that Iran would never have any dealings with militant Sunni Arabs. But they allowed hundreds of Al Qaeda operatives to escape from Afghanistan across their territory in 2002,” he said.