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U.S. puts bull's-eye on Iran

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David Petraeus

A secret directive signed by Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the U.S. Central Command, to expand covert operations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Asia, targets Iran as well as al-Qaida, sources have confirmed in a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Officials said the directive, signed last September and called the Joint Unconventional Warfare Task Force Executive Order, authorizes operations to collect intelligence and allow military attacks against Iran if the decision is made to attack its nuclear facilities.

Tasking Special Operations to gather intelligence on Iran may imply that Special Forces already are in Iran and are using elements such as Sunni Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MeK, to assist in the effort.

The MeK, labeled a terrorist group by the U.S. government, opposes the current Iranian regime and is known to have worked with Special Forces.

Units of the U.S. Army Special Forces already are known to be deployed in some 75 countries, and a focus has been on Somalia and Yemen. In Somalia, there are rebels of the Harakat al-Shabaab Mujahidin, or Movement of Warrior Youth, who are affiliated with al-Qaida. The organization is sending fighters across the Gulf of Aden to northern Yemen to assist al-Qaida rebels there.

At the same time, the Yemeni government, which the U.S. supports, is under attack from Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels where there is increased Iranian-supported Islamist activity.

Iran has threatened to turn the entire Arab Peninsula into an Islamic republic under its influence, which has drawn the ire of U.S. ally Saudi Arabia. Al-Qaida, meanwhile, is looking to take over Yemen, Somalia and the rest of North Africa as a stepping stone into Europe.

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