Gen. Petraeus Blasts Iran for Stoking Iraq War

Al-Qaeda is primary 'wolf,' but Iran poses long-term threat
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 7, 2007 9:17 AM CDT
U.S. Commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Iran's continued activity helping to supply battling factions in Iraq could be the biggest long-term challenge to peace in the war-torn nation, General David Petraeus tells CNN. The head of allied forces in Iraq emphasized that al-Qaeda is the No. 1 enemy to beat. "Al-Qaeda remains the wolf closest to the sled," he said. But "there's absolutely no question that Iran is providing"  advanced rocket-propelled grenades to militias, he added.

He also accused Iranians of being "implicated" in the assassination of some governors in the south. Petraeus said he is in a "show me mode" to see if Iran can stop the flow of arms and other support from Iran that has helped both Shiite and Sunni militias.