Abduction of British sailors Iranian revenge against the US

, posted: 11-Apr-2007 07:10

If the Independent is to be believed, the Iranians snatched the 15 British sailors to retaliate against the US trying to abduct two of its officials visiting Arbil in Iraqi Kurdistan early January this year. The Americans were after generals Jafari and Frouzanda, who were on an official visit to the Kurdish areas and met with the Iraqi president Talabani and Kurdish leader Barzani.

Instead of snagging the two generals however, the Americans only got five lower-ranking Iranians from the liaison office in Arbil, northern Iraq. Nevertheless, Iran was extremely angry about this, and hit back against the vulnerable Royal Navy boarding parties in the Gulf the Independent writes.

It appears the Iranians were visiting Iraqi Kurdistan openly so you have to wonder what the US was hoping to achieve by abducting them like this. Although the US says the Iranians are supporting insurgents in Iraq, but how does that work? Reports point to the insurgents being Sunni Arabs and there's no love lost between them and the Shi'a Iranians.

The Independent mentions that the US is now backing Iranian Kurds against the Tehran government, and more importantly, supporting the three-million strong Sunni Arab minority in Khuzestan, where most of Iran's oil is located.

Is the US trying to accomplish what Saddam didn't in the Iraqi-Iranian war? This could get really, horribly messy...


Other related posts:
Wikileaks keeps publishing despite Assange's arrest
Letter to Simon Power, minister of commerce re: Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill
NZ government could create new last-mile monopoly with UFB

comments powered by Disqus


Google News search
IT News
PC World New Zealand
Computerworld NZ
PC World and Computerworld Australia
PC World US
Computerworld US
NZ Herald
Virus Bulletin

Content copyright © Juha Saarinen. If you wish to use the content of my blog on your site, please contact me for details. I'm usually happy to share my material as long as it's not for spamblogs and content farms. Please attribute with a link back to this blog. If you wish to advertise on my blog, please drop me an email to discuss the details.
Comments policy All comments posted on this blog are the copyright and responsibility of the submitters in question. Comments commercial and promotional in nature are not allowed. Please ensure that your comments are on topic and refrain from making personal remarks.