Within weeks, Iran, Syria, Libya, and Sudan all approached the United States through various channels to offer their help in the fight against al-Qaeda...It was the beginning of a period of extraordinary strategic cooperation between Iran and the United States... Iran offered search-and-rescue help, humanitarian assistance, and even advice on which targets to bomb in Afghanistan...The post-9-11 period was the most promising moment for a U.S. opening to Iran since the two countries cut their relations in 1979. But neoconservatives had no intention of letting the engagement initiative get off the ground, and they were well-positioned to ensure that it didn't.
call it what it is, covert operations
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