A US military map of Iran’s operations inside southern Iraq, from 2007. This map formed the basis of the LWJ report, The Ramazan Corps and the ratlines into Iraq. Click to view full size.
In case you are curious why the release of the Wikileaks documents pertaining to Afghanistan, and now Iraq, have sparked little more that a collective yawn here at The Long War Journal, the answer is that the documents are not likely to tell us anything we don’t already know. For instance, the big stories to come out of the Afghanistan documents were that Pakistani intelligence and Iran support the Taliban, and that the US/NATO special operations “Task Force” conducts covert operations against the Taliban and al Qaeda. The reality is that these are things The Long War Journal and other media outlets have covered in depth long before the document dump.
Now, the Iraq document dump is underway, and it is likely to yield very, very few surprises. Take, for instance, this New York Times report on Iranian support for the Mahdi Army and the other Shia terror groups in Iraq. Almost three years ago, in December 2007, I wrote Iran’s Ramazan Corps and the ratlines into Iraq, which documented almost exactly what is in that NYT report. And the ratlines article was partially a compilation of what I’d guess is nearly 100 stories written on Iran’s involvement in Iraq, plus some new information on the actual structure of the Ramazan Corps. Even more stories on this very topic have been published at LWJ since December 2007.