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Iran Arming Militias.

Political jockeying unfolded as US military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell told reporters some Shi'ite militias were receiving weapons from Iran and undergoing training there. It was unclear if the Iranian government was directly involved, he said, adding: "We do know that weapons have been provided and IED technology been made available to these extremist elements" - using the military's acronym for improvised explosive devices, or homemade bombs.

US Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad on Aug. 11 said Iran had been encouraging small Shi'ite militias to attack US-led forces in retaliation for American backing of Israel's military campaign against Hizbullah in Lebanon. Iran, governed by Persians heading a Shi'ite theocracy, supports Hizbullah, the Lebanese Shi'ite militia which has just waged a war against Israel (see news8-LebME-Aug21-06).
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