Matthew Clark

Hersh Realities

Seymour Hersh – the same investigative journalist who, last year, provided readers with some of the first shocking reports of prison abuse at Abu Ghraib – has dropped another bombshell.

In next week's edition of New Yorker magazine, he focuses on U.S. covert military operations in South Asia, particularly Iran.

In the article, posted on the internet Monday, Mr. Hersh reported that President Bush "has signed a series of findings and executive orders authorizing secret commando groups and other Special Forces units to conduct covert operations against suspected terrorist targets in as many as ten nations in the Middle East and South Asia."

Hersh also reported that U.S. special forces have been operating inside Iran for over six months, selecting suspected weapons sites for possible air strikes.

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