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The article “U.S. sees Iran-Hezbolla link in Iraq” discusses Iran, and by extension, Hezbollah’s alleged role in Iraq with examples like the capture in Basra of Ali Musa Daqduq, who is reported as a Hezbollah operative.

However 6-7 paragraphs down, the article makes an abrupt leap from the subject of Iran and Hezbollah to U.S. soldiers and Marines killed in Al-Anbar province.

A growing number of U.S. troop deaths are being blamed on the lethal explosives that Washington accuses Iran of providing.

The U.S. military reported today that two U.S. soldiers and a Marine were killed Sunday during combat operations in Al Anbar province. That brings the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq since the invasion in March 2003 to 3,580, according to the website, which tracks military casualties.

Al Anbar is a predominantly Sunni province including major spots of Sunni resistance such as Fallujah, Ramadi and Haditha. The incidental reporting of U.S. troop deaths in Al Anbar directly after discussing Iran inaccurately implies a causality between Iran and the U.S. troop deaths in Al-Anbar mentioned in this story. Considering the importance of Sunni and Shia politics and identity in shaping the realities in Iraq, it is beneficial to outline these distinctions.

Update (7-6-07): The original article no longer exists. The link has changed to an updated version.

Irancove @ July 2, 2007

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