Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Iranian soldiers

Captain Ed reports that Iranian soldiers have been found among Hizbollah dead.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard have been found among Hizbollah guerrillas slain by Israeli forces in southern Lebanon, Israel's Channel 10 television reported on Wednesday citing diplomatic sources.

It said the Iranians were identified by documents found on their bodies, but gave no further details on how many were discovered or when. Neither the Israeli military nor Hizbollah representatives in Beirut had immediate comment on the report.

Embarrasing. Iran has been claiming that its support for the terrorist group is purely moral, but the presence of soldiers carrying ID cards puts the lie to that tale. Iran is using Hizbollah as a proxy against Israel, even if those troops are there in an advisory capacity.

The only Iranian soldier I ever personally knew was a warrior in the Shah's army. Ali was a battle-hardened veteran with excellent combat skills. He really enjoyed killing communists. Ali was a professional soldier who was killed by the Mullahs in the late 1970's. I doubt the Iranian army was able to sustain its professionalism after the purges of Khomeni. If they were executing company grade officers, then the field grade and general officers probably didn't fare any better.

Still, the Israeli army is battle-hardened and is suitably positioned to kill Hizbollah and any stray Iranian who gets in the way.

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