The arrest of five suspected members of Teheran's Revolutionary Guard in a raid by US military of an office in Irbil in northern Iraq led ABC's newscast. From the White House, Martha Raddatz (subscription required) saw it as the culmination of a week of "strong warnings" by US officials against Iran, including by the President himself in his primetime TV speech. Raddatz' spook sources told her that in recent weeks Iran had smuggled large shipments of weapons to Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia.
From the Pentagon, unnamed sources told CBS' David Martin that the US has opened "a new front" in the war, "an aggressive and mostly secret ground campaign against networks of Iranians who had been operating with virtual impunity inside Iraq." Martin said that Iraq's southern marshes and its central Diyala Province were the main routes for Iranian infiltration. NBC did not follow up on Iran after Jim Miklaszewski mentioned the Irbil raid yesterday.
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