Saturday, August 23, 2008
It wasn't on the agenda
Another Multi-National Force Iraq press release refers to a Lebanese-backed insurgent group --
In their continued degradation of the Kata’ib Hezbollah criminal network, Coalition forces picked up two suspected associates during operations Friday morning in New Baghdad ... While Kata’ib Hezbollah is not part of Special Groups, it is similar in that it’s reported they receive support from Iran in the way of funding, logistics, and weapons such as improvised rocket assisted mortars. They are also believed to receive guidance or direction from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps – Quds Force.
The only difference between the two groups is that the Hezbollah group, allegedly, receives Iranian support via Lebanon.
While the US military seems concerned about this group, it doesn't seem to have disrupted the rapport between Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki and Lebanese PM Fouad Siniora, the latter visiting the former a couple of days ago. He's in a coalition government with Hezbollah.
UPDATE 27 SEPTEMBER: Another press release referring to the group --
Kata'ib Hezbollah is assessed to be a proxy of Iran, and its members are believed to employ improvised rocket assisted mortars as well as explosively formed penetrators in civilian areas.