The U.S. Military has apparently confirmed and added supporting details to Shahwani’s accusation. According to Adnkronos International (AKI), U.S. military spokesman Adm. Gregory Smith explained: "the American military recently obtained confessions from detainees who are members of the Al-Quds Brigade and other Shia group who have been arrested in various parts of Iraq, who said that they were assigned to carry out armed operations to kill the leaders and the members of the Awakening Councils, in order to destroy this experiment."
So, here we have yet another instance in which Iran’s interests coincide with al Qaeda’s. Upon reading these latest accusations I cannot help but think of all those who believe that Iran and America have common interests in Iraq. For example, in "Iran: Time for a New Approach," America’s foreign policy elite, including Zbigniew Brzezinski and the now current Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, argued:
Although they may differ profoundly on specifics, both the United States and Iran want postconflict governments in Iraq and Afghanistan that respect the rights of their diverse citizenries and live in peace with their neighbors. The hostility that characterizes U.S.-Iranian relations undermines these shared interests and squanders the potential benefits of even limited cooperation. As tenuous new governments in Baghdad and Kabul embark on precarious post-conflict futures, the United States and the region cannot afford to spurn any prospective contributions to the region’s stability.
What "shared interests" do the United States and Iran have in post-Saddam Iraq? Beats me. As for the "specifics," we are against al Qaeda and Iran is not. That is indeed a profound difference.
At some point we are going to have to recognize that Iran and al Qaeda are allies, no?
Iraq: Tehran is trying to sabotage anti-al-Qaeda groups, says US military spokesman
In an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI), US military spokesman Adm Gregory Smith said that "the American military recently obtained confessions from detainees who are members of the Al-Quds Brigade and other Shia group who have been arrested in various parts of Iraq, who said that they were assigned to carry out armed operations to kill the leaders and the members of the Awakening Councils, in order to destroy this experiment."
Smith said that "the American forces have arrested 14 Iranians who represented a danger to the security of Iraq," without giving any other details.
The head of Iraqi intelligence, Muhammad Abdallah al-Shahwani declared a few days ago that elements of Iranian secret services planned to sabotage the Awakening Council project.
Al-Shahwani urged the Iraqi security apparatus to "follow suspicious activities and to collect all the information and clues provided by citizens, treating this with total secrecy and professionally in the interest of the country."
The US forces began arming Sunni tribes in the province of al-Anbar last year, creating the Awakening Councils, which were aimed at hunting down and driving out al-Qaeda members.
Smith's comments come as Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is on an historic visit to Iraq, the first-ever visit to Iraq by an Iranian president.
On Monday, Ahmadinejad called the presence of foreign troops in Iraq a humiliation and an insult to the region. He did not mention the United States by name but America still has more than 150,000 soldiers based in Iraq, nearly five years after it led the 2003 invasion that led to the fall of Saddam Hussein.
The Iranian leader called for the immediate withdrawal of foreign troops.
He also accused the US of bringing terrorism to the region.
During his two day visit, Ahmadinejad also signed a number of co-operation agreements on trade and transport with his raqi counterpart, Jalal Talabani.