The U.S. command in Baghdad says Iran is continuing to provide money, weapons and training to Shiite insurgents in Iraq, despite pledges by Iranian leaders that the aid would stop.
In a VOA interview from Baghdad Monday, Colonel Steve Boylan, a spokesman for the top U. S. General in Iraq -- David Petraeus -- says an analysis has confirmed that Sunday's rocket attacks on Iraq's Green Zone were carried out by Shiite extremist groups using weapons supplied by Iran. Boylan told VOA that coalition forces are working to break the insurgent networks.
Earlier Monday, General Petraeus told British radio (BBC) the attacks show Iranian operatives continue to fund, train, equip and direct Iraq's Shiite insurgents.
General Petraeus joined the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, in a two-hour video conference Monday with President Bush.
Petraeus and Crocker are due to testify in Congress on April eighth and ninth. President Bush wants to get their latest thinking on whether to continue withdrawing troops due to a recent drop in violence, or to take a pause to assess the situation.