The United States has determined that Iran has brought to Iraq advanced weaponry used by Hizbullah in the war against Israel.
Officials said U.S. military intelligence has detected the use by Iraqi insurgents of advanced Russian-origin anti-armor systems. They also reported the delivery of Chinese-origin rockets to Iraqi insurgency groups aligned with Iran.
“It’s hard to say in our part of the world that we operate in as to whether or not people have given U.S. a hint about things to come,” U.S. Central Command chief Gen. John Abizaid said.
In a Sept. 19 briefing, Abizaid said U.S. troops have found in Iraq the Russian-origin RPG-29 rocket-propelled grenade, used by Hizbullah against Israel’s military in the war in August. He said the RPG-29, designed to penetrate Western main battle tanks and armored personnel carriers, was modified by and produced in Iran.