Monday, May 4, 2009

Iranian Aircraft Bomb Kurds in Iraq

There may be an open conflict between Iran and Iraq/USA looming. Not that long ago, the United States shot down an Iranian drone over Iraqi airspace (Berman Post: Military Confirms US Shot Down Iranian Drone Over Iraq). Now there is word that Iranian aircraft bombed three separate villages in Iraq. The apparent target was the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK). They are a Kurdish separatist group who have previously launched attacks into Iran. While Iran responding with artillery is nothing new, this is the first time since the US led Iraq war that Iranian planes have bombed Iraq.

There are conflicting reports as to the air assets used. The first reports said it was helicopters firing from the Iranian side of the boarder. Later reports said they were low flying jets.

Especially if the second proves to be true (that is low flying jets violating Iraqi air space), the Obama administration almost has to say something. The problem they run into is that this may present a serious road block to communications. Then again, I think that suites the Iranians just fine.

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