Hizballah training anti-US insurgents in Iraq

Wednesday, July 02, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Lebanon's Hizballah terrorist militia is not only a thorn in Israel's side, but is also increasingly taking part in Iran's proxy war against US-led forces in Iraq.

Two Iraqi lawmakers and a top Iraqi army official told The Associated Press this week that Hizballah military instructors had been running camps in southern Iraq up until about three months ago, when they fled to neighboring Iran amid a US military crackdown.

The sources said that Iran preferred to use Hizballah to train its proxy forces since the group's Arab members had an easier time concealing their identity than Farsi-speaking Iranians.

The revelation confirmed Iran's involvement in Iraqi insurgent movements, and also backed up claims that Tehran is maneuvering for greater regional influence and control by using powerful Shiite proxy groups like Hizballah.

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