Petraeus: Iran Behind Green Zone Attack

General: Tehran equipped and trained Iraqi insurgents
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2008 4:37 PM CDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad listens during a press conference Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, at Gudaibiya Palace in Manama, Bahrain. Ahmedinejad's first meeting with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa...   (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
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(Newser) – Gen. David Petraeus says Iran was behind yesterday's mortar attack on Baghdad's Green Zone, the BBC reports. Tehran trained, equipped, and funded the insurgents who carried out the attack, he said. "All of this in complete violation of promises made by President Ahmadinejad and the other most senior Iranian leaders to their Iraqi counterparts," said the commander of coalition forces in Iraq.

The general said violence in Iraq could be traced to Iran's Quds Force, a branch of the Revolutionary Guards. "The rockets that were launched at the Green Zone yesterday, for example... were Iranian-provided, Iranian-made rockets," Petraeus said. Some of the rockets missed the Green Zone, killing 15 Iraqi civilians.