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July 15, 2011

Iran Ambassador Accident in Baghdad

AP, July 11: Panetta: Iran supplying insurgents with weapons

Panetta and the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, expressed worry about increasingly deadly attacks on U.S. troops by Shiite militias using weapons that Panetta and others assert are supplied by Iran.

"We're very concerned about Iran and the weapons they're providing to extremists in Iraq," Panetta said.

"We cannot simply stand back and allow this to continue to happen" he said. "This is not something we're going to walk away from. It's something we're going to take on head-on."

Aswat al-Iraq, July 13: Iranian ambassador gravely injured in accident

The semi-official Iranian Mehr News Agency reported that the Iranian ambassador to Baghdad was gravely hit with injuries to his face and body in an accident inside the Green Zone, in the center of Baghdad.

The agency added that ambassador Hassan Dana'i Fer had an accident at the inspection point.

Mehr, July 13: Iranian envoy to Iraq injured in suspicious accident

Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Hassan Danaiifar, has been superficially injured in a suspicious road accident in Iraq.

On Tuesday, the Iranian ambassador’s car smashed into obstacles placed by a number of Iraqi officers, slightly injuring Danaiifar and the people who accompanied him.

Reportedly, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maleki has ordered an investigation into the incident.

Gulfnews, July 23, 2010: Iran appoints new ambassador to Iraq

Hassan Danaifar, Iran's new ambassador to Iraq, is an important figure in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and resents the Kurdish inclination towards separatism.

Hassan Danaifar, born in Baghdad in 1962, was deported with his family by Saddam Hussain during the Iraq-Iran war (1980-88) because of his Iranian origins and initially joined the Badr militia, Kuwaiti daily Al Watan reported on Friday, quoting Iraqi media.

He has served as deputy commander of the naval forces of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

What is the relation between the first item and the others? Is there one?

Posted by b on July 15, 2011 at 03:53 AM | Permalink


Even the Devil has occasional good luck?

Posted by: ScuzzaMan | Jul 15, 2011 3:55:10 AM | 1

How come one source quotes the other but changes slightly to gravely.

According to Iranian Mehr:

"On Tuesday, the Iranian ambassador’s car smashed into obstacles placed by a number of Iraqi officers, slightly injuring Danaiifar and the people who accompanied him."

Sounds like the driver thought he could drive through and they would not let him. Probably a different crew at the inspection point.

Posted by: somebody | Jul 15, 2011 6:17:51 AM | 2

Panetta seems very poorly informed about Iraq and Afghanistan, and indeed Iran. He ought to be better briefed than that.

Kind of curious in the ex-director of the CIA.

Posted by: alexno | Jul 15, 2011 7:47:42 AM | 3

Well obviously 6 or 7 wars in the middle east is not enough and we have to attack the Persians. I mean look at those bastards --- every half millennium or so they invade someplace. They are overdue to do it again!

Besides the above, Israel told us the were "poopie heads".

Posted by: joseph | Jul 15, 2011 8:02:20 AM | 4

I can't see any relationship between Item 1 and the others. AP is a US-Israeli source, the others are arab-Islamic.
Panetta is paid to pretend that the US might/could/should attack Iran, one day. Apparently, it lends credibility to its fake wars elsewhere.
There are 2 problems with that.
Firstly, Iran can shoot back if attacked by the US. That would be a big departure from Standard Operating Procedure for the US military which, since WWII, has only ever attacked soft targets. Iran isn't Libya or Iraq (or Granada).
Secondly, other Muslim countries, with military clout, will come to Iran's aid, with Russia and/or China running interference if hostilities continue.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jul 15, 2011 10:54:37 AM | 5

The US government is a huge bully. Bullies only attack the weak. Iran is not weak.

There will be no DIRECT attack on Iran, but God only knows what other evil shit they might do if they think they can get away with it and find someone else to do the dirty work.

Posted by: Susan | Jul 16, 2011 1:03:16 AM | 6

Korea and Vietnam weren't "soft targets".

Posted by: sleepy | Jul 16, 2011 5:34:39 PM | 7

the first one sounds like an allegation and a threat. the second sounds suspicious, the third expresses that it was suspicious, the fourth sounds like iran is saying 'don't fuck w/us'.

Posted by: annie | Jul 16, 2011 9:37:59 PM | 8

and resents the Kurdish inclination towards separatism.


Posted by: annie | Jul 16, 2011 9:39:10 PM | 9

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