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Cablegate: Action Request: Public Talking Points On Iran In

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SUBJECT: ACTION REQUEST: PUBLIC TALKING POINTS ON IRAN IN
IRAQ

1. (U) This is an joint OSD-State action request; see para 3.

2. (SBU) Summary: The Department of State and Department of
Defense have prepared talking points that Posts should draw
on when asked by their interlocutors about Iran's role in
Iraq. END SUMMARY.

3. (SBU) Action Request: At post's discretion, you may draw
on the following points when discussing Iranian contributions
to the decrease in violence in Iraq.

--The United States is pleased about the reduced levels of
violence in Iraq in recent months, including a decrease in
sophisticated EFP roadside bomb attacks. The number of
overall attacks inside Iraq has decreased, to include those
carried out using Iranian-supplied weapons.

--We caution, however, that this decrease could be temporary
and that incidents involving EFPs still remain above
historical averages.

--As Ambassador Crocker has noted, how lasting a phenomenon
this will be and how Iran will define its own role in Iraq
are open questions.

--We attribute the overall reduction in violence, in part, to
a number of factors, including: the Iraqi people,s growing
rejection of extremist forces; improvements in the
effectiveness of coalition and Iraqi tactics to counter the
terrorist threat; and benefits from the increased number of
American and Iraqi forces in the country.

--We also believe the reduction in violence may be
attributable to military pressure to counter Iran s Qods
Force and Iranian surrogate support for select groups of
Iraqi Shia militants.

--Despite Iran,s public claims, Iranian-supplied weapons
continue to be used in attacks on Iraqi and Multinational
forces. The flow of Iranian weapons and munitions into Iraq
has not ceased. Iranian-backed militias and criminal gangs
also pose a major challenge to Iraq's legitimate government
authorities, particularly in areas of southern Iraq,
including Iraq's second largest city, Basrah.

--We also have evidence that Iran is continuing to train
militants at camps inside Iran for attacks on coalition and
Iraqi targets.

--It is imperative that Iran end all forms of
support-weapons, funding, and training-for illegal armed
groups in Iraq and cease its destabilizing activities in
Iraq. This is a major concern of the U.S. and a violation of
UN Security Council resolutions and we will continue to press
Iran on this, including in U.S.-Iran-Iraq talks in Baghdad.

--In addition, Iran,s support for the Taliban and other
militant groups in Afghanistan has continued over the course
of the past year.

--We will continue to take all necessary measures to secure
our troops and to support the Iraqi government as it works to
defeat the terrorists and extremists that are still
determined to destabilize Iraq.

End Action Request.
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