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White House Confirms Aggressive Policy Vs Iranians In Iraq January 26, 2007

Posted by notapundit in US News, White House.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–President George W. Bush has authorized U.S. forces in Iraq to take whatever actions are necessary to counter Iranian agents deemed a threat to U.S. troops or the public at large, the White House said Friday.

The aggressive new policy came in response to intelligence that Iran is supporting terrorists inside Iraq and is providing bombs – known as improvised explosive devices – and other equipment to anti-U.S. insurgents.

“The president and his national security team over the last several months have continued to receive information that Iranians were supplying IED equipment and or training that was being used to harm American soldiers,” National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.

“As a result American forces, when they receive actionable information, may take the steps necessary to protect themselves as well as the population,” Johndroe said.

The Washington Post reported Friday that the Bush administration has authorized the U.S. military to kill or capture Iranian operatives inside Iraq as part of a strategy to weaken Tehran’s influence across the Middle East and compel it to give up its nuclear program. The newspaper cited government and counterterrorism officials with direct knowledge of the effort.

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