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11/05/2004

The Other Missed Opportunity

Two weeks ago, the Washington Post reported:

The war has sometimes taken unexpected turns, one of which brought the Bush administration into hesitant contact with Iran. For a time the two governments made tentative common cause, and Iran delivered hundreds of low-level al Qaeda figures to U.S. allies. Participants in Washington and overseas said Bush's deadlocked advisers -- unable to transmit instructions -- closed that channel before testing Iran's willingness to take more substantial steps. Some of al Qaeda's most wanted leaders now live in Iran under ambiguous conditions of house arrest.
According to the Jerusalem Post, the talks broke down because the US refused to crack down on the Mujahadeen Khalq (MEK). The US refused, in part, because of backchannel communications between the DoD and shady characters like Manucher Ghorbanifar.

According to Juan Cole's analysis of contemporary reporting, one of the detainees held by Iran was Zarqawi.

 

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