The Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah is suspected of having joined forces with Sunni insurgents in the campaign to expel U.S. troops from Iraq.
Iraqi security sources said they have collected unspecified evidence that Ansar Al Islam, the Al Qaida-aligned insurgency group, has acquired the services of Hizbullah to help attack U.S. forces in parts of the Sunni Triangle.
The sources said Hizbullah combatants were believed to have provided training and guidance in coordinated attacks on U.S. and Iraqi security positions. Few of the Hizbullah operatives participated in the attacks.
More than 500 Hizbullah combatants arrived in Iraq from Lebanon during 2003, the sources said. Most of them have resettled in Shi’ite cities in central and southern Iraq.
But over the last two months, the sources said, scores of Hizbullah fighters were believed to have crossed into northern Iraq to join Ansar. They said Ansar has benefited from Iranian weaponry, logistics support and safe haven and Teheran might have approved or encouraged the services of Hizbullah for Ansar.