For the third straight weekday, minor details were reported about Iran's military influence inside Iraq. Yesterday, CBS' Pentagon correspondent David Martin listed the Teheran-made munitions that had been found in Iraq.
ABC's Jonathan Karl (subscription required) showed us videotape from the Sunni radical Islamist group Ansar al-Sunnah that purports to show a Shiite militiaman from the Mahdi Army with munitions marked with Iranian Ministry of Defense logos. As for US intelligence, they had "planned to publicly present the evidence against Iran as early as tomorrow but those plans were abruptly scrapped today raising questions as to just how convincing the evidence is."
NBC's Jim Miklaszewski obtained access to "secret military reports" investigating last week's ambush in Karbala that killed five US soldiers. They concluded that "it may have involved Iranian agents…because it was so well laid out and meticulously executed." Suspicions that Iran is arming Shiite militias with shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles are "being greeted with a great deal of skepticism, especially on Capitol Hill."
CBS examined Iraq's western border in an Exclusive from Damascus by Elizabeth Palmer. Syria has been hosting talks for various blocs in the Iraqi political power struggle, including the remnants of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party and Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr. Palmer sat down with Vice President Farouk al-Shara to inquire if Damascus was attempting to make itself indispensable to Washington. "We do not want to exaggerate our role--but it is important," the diplomat understated. The United States, "so far is not interested," Palmer pointed out.
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