Tuesday, February 13, 2007

General Pace Says No Evidence Iran is Arming Iraqis

U.S. general: No evidence Iran is arming Iraqis

Pace contradicts claims by other U.S. military, administration officials

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace speaks Tuesday to journalists in a news conference in Jakarta. 


JAKARTA, Indonesia - A top U.S. general said Tuesday there was no evidence the Iranian government was supplying Iraqi insurgents with highly lethal roadside bombs, apparently contradicting claims by other U.S. military and administration officials.

Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said U.S. forces hunting down militant networks that produced roadside bombs had arrested Iranians and that some of the material used in the devices were made in Iran.

"That does not translate that the Iranian government per se, for sure, is directly involved in doing this," Pace told reporters in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. "What it does say is that things made in Iran are being used in Iraq to kill coalition soldiers."

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