Thomas Jocelyn of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies has the latest in how the mullahcracy in Tehran is training anti-American terrorists in Iraq and arming the Taliban in Afghanistan (Wall Street Journal via Weekly Standard):
The U.S. has attributed all the attacks to Shiite militias it says are [sic] are trained by the [Iranian] Revolutionary Guards, rather than al Qaeda or other Sunni groups that were the most lethal forces inside Iraq a few years ago
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Kata’ib Hezbollah, or Brigades of the Party of God, is viewed as the one most directly taking orders from Revolutionary Guard commanders in Iran. Two others, the Promise Day Brigade and Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, are offshoots of the Mahdi Army headed by the anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who currently lives in Iran.
As for Afghanistan, as Jocelyn himself notes . . .
Iran’s support for the Taliban’s war against coalition forces dates to late 2001, when Iranian officials promised to supply Taliban leaders with weapons and safe transit for Arabs (al Qaeda operatives) traveling to Afghanistan to wage jihad.
If you haven’t been following this closely, this all may come as a shock. Those of us who do follow it closely are just shocked it still surprises people.
Those of us who follow this very closely might also note that the mullahs’ chief ally and military supplier – the Chinese Communist Party – has done nothing to stop them, or even distance itself from them.
There was a time when that would lead Washington to take action (and I don’t mean just military; there are several options here) against the Tehran-Zhongnanhai axis. Are any of the presidential candidates (incumbent included) interested in doing so now?