US forces storm Iranian consulate in Iraq

The news in Bush’s speech last night was the threat to Iran. Today there is this from the BBC

US forces have stormed an Iranian consulate in the northern Iraqi town of Irbil and seized six members of staff.

The troops raided the building at about 0300 (0001GMT), taking away computers and papers, according to Kurdish media and senior local officials.

The US military would only confirm the detention of six people around Irbil.

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One Iranian news agency with a correspondent in Irbil says five US helicopters were used to land troops on the roof of the Iranian consulate.

It reports that a number of vehicles cordoned off the streets around the building, while US soldiers warned the occupants in three different languages that they should surrender or be killed.

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5 thoughts on “US forces storm Iranian consulate in Iraq

  1. So, we’ve basically invaded the sovereign territory of Iran while still engaged in the supreme fuck-up in Iraq? That’s quite an accomplishment.
    By the way, if Iraq is a sovereign nation, what business do we have invading consulates within its territory? Iraq can’t even manage to take a consulate and arrest 6 guys?
    -slim

  2. NPR had a story this morning on this. They said that the Kurds were so pissed off that at one point there was a unit of Kurdish soldiers that cocked their weapons at a unit of American soldiers.
    These are the guys that we’re supposed to be asking to deploy into predominantly Arab parts of Iraq as part of the “stand-up-stand-down” plan.
    Let’s get this straight–we’ve pissed them off so much they’re about to shoot at us, and we’re asking them to throw the gasoline of Kurdish/Arab enmity onto the civil war fire?
    WTF?

  3. i guess georgie thinks if he makes another mess, nobody will notice the 1st 2.
    georgie, teddy said speek softly, catty a big stick, NOT shout and swing and twig.

  4. Verging into tinfoilhat territory (again). It’s like the Bush administration *wants* things to get worse in Iraq. They keep finding new and interesting ways to screw things up.
    WHY?
    Is there anybody out there who stands to benefit *more* from a chaotic and disintegrating Middle East than would benefit from a stable, productive Middle East?
    I’ll give you a clue to my thought process: if the U.S. government starts making more noises about Venezuela again, my stock money would be going to U.S. oil companies.
    Granted, it’s a very simplified version of “follow the money,” without any thought to the broader consequences in geopolitical terms, but given the doofus in charge, maybe simple makes sense. Let the whole Middle East degenerate into bloody warfare, toss a few bombs into Venezuela, and suddenly the major players in world oil are the U.S., Russia, and a few random players here and there (like Nigeria) who wouldn’t have power to control the markets on their own.
    Of course, the other possibility is that there’s no plan, just a lot of uncoordinated, pointless flailing about.
    It seems like the choices are calculatedly, deviously stupid, or blindly, reflexively stupid.

  5. The current administration makes it easy to believe the tinfoil hats.
    Now what was our response when Iran took prisoners at our embassy in Iran?????? Is not our invasion of Iranian soil an act of war? Are we on good terms with Iran at the present? Is this act going to make Iran any more likely to want to negotiate with us (especially adding in the macho culture)?
    And could someone help me digest BuggyQ’s other post: Saddam gassed Kurds – so I guess they are reluctant to believe Iraq whether Shia or Sunni. As Iran fought Iraq, I’m guessing that the Kurds may have some affinity towards Iran. But is the affinity great enough that they’re turning their arms on the Americans to protect the Iranian Embassy?
    As said by Shrub last night: STOP THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE – ESCALATE TROOPS AND INVADE THEIR EMBASSY. That will calm things down.

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