IRAN UPDATE….Far be it from me to be skeptical of an exclusive report from the world class journalists of the Sun, but even if I take its report of Iranian incursions into Iraq at face value, here’s what it says:
Iranian forces are being choppered over the Iraqi border to bomb Our Boys, intelligence chiefs say.
….Our Boys picked up the Iranian helicopters on radar crossing into empty desert. The sightings have been confirmed to The Sun by very senior military sources.
At least two Brit squaddies are thought to have been killed by bombs planted during these incursions into Maysan province — Corporal Ben Leaning, 24, and Trooper Kristen Turton, 27.
Leaning and Turton were killed by an IED attack five weeks ago. So we’re not talking about anything new here. No pitched battles or strafing runs. Just the same old allegations that Iranians are supplying IEDs to Iraqi militias.
Which they might well be doing. Still, we’ve been claiming this and then retracting it and then sort of claiming it again and then sort of retracting it again for months. Even if the Sun is right — and I wouldn’t bet the ranch on that without confirmation in triplicate — I’m not quite sure what the breaking news is supposed to be here.