US: Detained Iranians had ties to insurgents

Five Iranians arrested in northern Iraq last week were connected to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard faction that funds and arms insurgents in Iraq, the US military said. The five were detained by US-led forces Thursday in a raid on an Iranian government liaison office in Irbil, a city in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq 350 kilometers north of Baghdad. "Preliminary results revealed the five detainees are connected to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Quds Force (IRGC-QF), an organization known for providing funds, weapons, improvised explosive device technology and training to extremist groups attempting to destabilize the Government of Iraq and attack Coalition forces," the US military said in a statement late Sunday. "Quds" is the Arabic name for Jerusalem, and a frequent name for political or military factions across the Muslim world.