Is the US Conducting Covert Military Operations Inside Iran?
November 16, 2011 • 12:28PM

The US military either is, or is not, conducting covert operations inside Iran, but will not answer the question, "yes" or "no." Executive Intelligence Review put Pentagon Press Secretary George Little on the spot this morning, noting the recent pattern of incidents in Iran that suggest covert warfare, and then asking him if he could say whether or not the U.S. military is engaged in any covert operations against Iran. "I wouldn't comment on those specifics," he said, and then went into a long spiel on how concerned we are that Iran might be look to developing a nuclear weapon, which is "unacceptable," and that the U.S. policy is to continue to put diplomatic and economic pressure on the Iranians until they demonstrate that they're meeting their international obligations. When EIR followed up on the question of U.S. military actions, he said, "I don't have any comment one way or the other on that."

It should be noted that, according to a May 24, 2010, New York Times article, Gen. David Petraeus, then commander of U.S. Central Command, signed a 7-page directive on Sept. 30, 2009, termed a "Joint Unconventional Warfare Task Force Execute Order" that authorized a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in numerous countries in the Horn of Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, including Iran. The Times' Mark Mazetti wrote that the order "appears to authorize specific operations in Iran, most likely to gather intelligence about the country's nuclear program or to identify dissident groups that might be useful for a future military offensive."