U.s. tight­ens se­cu­rity over pro-iran group

Austin American-Statesman - - WEDNESDAYBRIEFING -

BAGHDAD — The U.S. mil­i­tary has beefed up se­cu­rity at some of its bases af­ter a threat that an Ira­nian-backed mil­i­tant group was plan­ning to at­tack, the top U.S. com­man­der in Iraq said. Men from Kataib Hezbol­lah, a Shi­ite group that U.S. of­fi­cials say is trained and funded by Iran’s Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard Corps, crossed into Iran for train­ing and re­turned to con­duct attacks just as U.S. troop lev­els plum­met over the sum­mer, Gen. Ray Odierno said. “In the last cou­ple weeks there’s been an in­creased threat,” Odierno said.

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