Special Groups (Iraq)


Special Groups (Iraq)

Special Groups is a designation given by the US military to the cell-based violent organizations operating within Iraq, backed by Iran. They are a target of increasing focus as the Multinational Force Iraq's military operations in Iraq. These groups are allegedly funded, trained, and armed by the Iranian Quds Force. The group is separate from although possibly connected with the Jaish al Mahdi or Mahdi Army, of Muqtada al-Sadr. A distinction between these two groups has been maintained more clearly since al-Sadr called for a ceasefire at the end of August 2007 following Mahdi Army clashes with Iraqi Security Forces in Karbala, Iraq.

External links

[http://www.understandingwar.org/map-special-groups-activity-iraq Map of Special Groups Activity in Iraq] - requires Google Earth

[http://www.mnf-iraq.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14772&Itemid=128 Coalition forces target Special Groups leader, 49 criminals killed] - 21 Oct 2007

[http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2007/10/raid_in_baghdads_sad.php Raid in Baghdad's Sadr City kills 49 Special Groups operatives] - 21 Oct 2007

[http://www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=4049 DoD News Briefing with Maj. Gen. Sherlock from the Pentagon] - 04 Oct 2007

[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/14/AR2007091402051.html Cooling The Clash With Iran] - 16 Sep 2007

[http://www.mnf-iraq.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13963&Itemid=128 Gen. Petraeus Opening Remarks to Congress] - 11 Sep 2007

[http://www.mnf-iraq.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12802&Itemid=128 Two Suspected Secret Cell Terrorists Detained by Coalition Forces] - 12 Jul 2007

[http://www.mnf-iraq.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12653&Itemid=128 MNF-I spokesman details secret cell involvement in Iraq] - 02 Jul 2007


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