The Iranian government continues after nearly forty years to have special fears concerning insurgent groups which have never acknowledged the power of their government or religious theocracy. Iran’s forces fired shells that fell into Turkish territory that were directed at Kurdish rebels while other assaults were made at insurgents who are in Iraq. Iran told the Iraqi government that it expects “Iraqi officials to pay special attention to movements of small groups which are officially known as terrorist groups even by Western governments.” And, it warned Iraqi officials of “negative consequences” if there was failure to take action.
The presence of these insurgent anti-Iranian groups can be transformed into a plus by Western nations since they afford a bargaining chip in negotiating with the Iranian government. Just as Iran wants action against terrorist groups it fears, so do Western nations seek reduction in Iranian aid to Hizbullah and Hamas. Can these issues be linked?