Jerusalem – In what may lead to a possible Iranian-American military confrontation, Pentagon sources have revealed that Shi’ite insurgents fired Iranian rockets in an attack on a U.S. military base in southern Iraq.Iranian-backed Shi’ites fired Iranian-origin rockets on a U.S. base near the southern Iraqi city of Basra. That rocket strike on Aug. 17 was the latest in a spate of Iranian backed attacks on the U.S. military presence in the Basra region in mid-2009.

On Aug. 18, Iraqi security forces found a launcher with 13 Iranian rockets in the eastern portion of Basra. The rockets appeared to have been smuggled from Iran to Iraq over the last few weeks.

In 2009, the U.S. military replaced the British contingent in Basra. Since then, U.S. forces have come under rocket attacks against their base.

The U.S. military sources say that they have determined that Iran continued to smuggle weapons and insurgents into southern Iraq throughout 2009 and that the Iranian smuggling effort was meant to prepare for a Shi’ite takeover of Iraq’s southern oil sector amid a U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq.


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