An Army terrorism expert who is now at the Hoover Institution at Stanford has released 85 documents that show that Iranian military and Lebanese Hezbollah personnel train Iraqi Shiite militants to kill United States soldiers.
The documents are summaries of interviews with captured Iraqi fighters.
Col. Joseph Felter, a special forces veteran and former director of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, said the documents were chilling to read.
Iran has denied providing training to Iraqi Shiite militants but the recently declassified documents provide a compelling case that Iran has trained the militants to kill American soldiers.
The documents also show how involved Iran is in the continuing war in Iraq.
"They have influence in the Iraqi political system to a remarkable degree," Felter said. "They've really got their hooks in."
Felter and his co-author, Brian Fishman, quote from an interrogation of a member of an Iranian-trained network in Iraq who said, "Iran does not care about the fight between Shi'a and Al-Qaeda. Iran just wants Coalition forces out of Iraq because Iran is afraid Coalition forces will use Iraq as a base for an attack in the future (on Iran)."