US Forces Forcibly 'Snatch' Some Iranian Diplomats ...
Well, barmy Bush didn't waste much time did he?
Within hours of his public pro-more-war pronoucements, we hear this has happened.
Obviously, operations such as this are/were carefully planned well in advance.
Some people are now saying Bush has finally gone completely crazy, and doesn't any longer realize what he's doing.
We say, sure he's crazy - but he knows exactly what he's doing. Damn him.
Because being the belligerent, bloody barmpot that he is, he simply doesn't give a shit.
Increasingly people are asking if we're already well & truly (and possibly irreversibly), way along the road to the next world war.
We wish we knew.
What we do know, is this.
US forces storm Iranian consulate
US forces have stormed an Iranian consulate in the northern Iraqi town of Irbil and seized six members of staff.
The troops raided the building at about 0300 (0001GMT), taking away computers and papers, according to Kurdish media and senior local officials.
The US military would only confirm the detention of six people around Irbil.
The raid comes amid high Iran-US tension. The US accuses Iran of helping to fuel violence in Iraq and seeking nuclear arms. Iran denies both charges.
Tehran counters that US military involvement in the Middle East endangers the whole region.
A local TV station said Kurdish security forces had taken over the building after the Americans had left.
Irbil lies in Iraq's Kurdish-controlled north, about 350km (220 miles) from the capital Baghdad.
Reports say the Iranian consulate there was set up last year under an agreement with the Kurdish regional government to facilitate cross-border visits.
Iranian media said the country's embassy in Baghdad had sent a letter of protest about the raid to the Iraqi foreign ministry.
One Iranian news agency with a correspondent in Irbil says five US helicopters were used to land troops on the roof of the Iranian consulate.
Dozens of casualties resulted from a truck bombing in SamarraIt reports that a number of vehicles cordoned off the streets around the building, while US soldiers warned the occupants in three different languages that they should surrender or be killed.
In December, US troops detained a number of Iranians in Iraq, including two with diplomatic immunity who were later released.
Thursday's raid came as US President George W Bush unveiled his new strategy in Iraq, which included increasing troop numbers and a commitment to stop Iranian support for "our enemies in Iraq".
BBC Diplomatic Correspondent Jonathan Marcus says the raid could signal a ratcheting-up of pressure on the Iranians, in line with the rhetorical thrust of his speech.
Read a full BBC report right here.