British Hostages Retribution for Botched US Raid

Back in January, US troops raided an Iranian consulate in Iraq hours after Bush gave a speech accusing the Iranian government of "providing material support for attacks on American troops" and vowing to "seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies." During the raid, five junior Iranian officials were captured and are being held to this day, ostensibly because the US claims they are intelligence agents with ties to "activities targeting Iraq and coalition forces"--a strange explanation, given that no coalition troops had been killed in the area, which was also devoid of Sunni insurgents and Shia militia.

Enter the The Independent, which reports today that "the US attack had a far more ambitious objective… The aim of the raid, launched without informing the Kurdish authorities, was ...

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