Hezbollah Militants School Iraqi Fighters in Iran: US

Report contradicts Tehran's pledge not to meddle
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 5, 2008 9:45 AM CDT
On Saturday, boys look at the remains of a car destroyed in an overnight airstrike in the Shiite enclave of Sadr City, where U.S. soldiers killed 8 suspected Shiite militants in recent clashes.   (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)
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(Newser) – Hezbollah is helping to train Iraqi militants in Iran, the US claims in a report to Iraq’s government. The information, obtained during US questioning of captured Shiite fighters, suggests Iran is quietly aiding the militia, despite repeated claims it’s not interfering in internal Iraqi matters, the New York Times reports.

US officials say Hezbollah is training Iraqi militants to train others in camps in Iran, and that markings on captured weapons show they are Iranian-made. “We don’t want to be at war with Iran,” said an Iraqi official. “But at the same time, we don’t want Iran to settle their scores with the United States on Iraqi soil.”