In an article posted at FOXNews.com, President Bush has given the go ahead to an aggressive new policy that authorizes U.S. forces in Iraq to take whatever actions are necessary to counter Iranian agents deemed a threat to American troops or the public at large. This shift in policy has been implemented in part by intelligence reports that indicate Iran is supporting terrorists inside Iraq and is providing bombs, improvised explosive devices, and other equipment to anti-American insurgents.

National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said: “The president and his national security team over the last several months have continued to receive information that Iranians were supplying IED equipment and or training that was being used to harm American soldiers,” he also added, “As a result American forces, when they receive actionable information, may take the steps necessary to protect themselves as well as the population.”

President Bush had mentioned in his State of the Union Address that the United States would be dealing with Iranian and Syrian involvement with insurgency groups in Iraq more vigorously, and this is a good start. Since the beginning of this conflict tons of material and thousands of insurgents have poured into Iraq across the Syrian and Iranian borders. The Iranians in particular have also been suspected of using their diplomatic offices inside of Iraq to help insurgents plan attacks. Those suspicions were apparently confirmed earlier this month when 5 Iranians were captured by U.S. forces during a raid on an Iranian government liaison office in northern Iraq.

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