Iranian Revolutionary Guards have stopped training Hizbullah fighters, according to Asharq al-Awsat. Correspondent Ali Nourizadeh suggests that this is a clear signal that Iran is taking the Bush administration’s warnings seriously. The source admitted that the Iranians had trained about 100 Hizbullah fighters in the techniques of aerial suicide bombing, but have now sent the current class of 30 home. They also had been sending equipment to south Lebanon, which was assembled by the Revolutionary Guards stationed there. The Guards are now moving heavy weaponry out of the area and withdrawing, the article says.
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Juan Cole is the founder and chief editor of Informed Comment and Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He is author of, among many other books, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires. Follow him at @jricole.