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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Iran Caught Supplying Weapons to Taliban

No surprises here.

From ABC News

Hat Tip Jihad Watch

NATO officials say they have caught Iran red-handed, shipping heavy arms, C4 explosives and advanced roadside bombs to the Taliban for use against NATO forces, in what the officials say is a dramatic escalation of Iran's proxy war against the United States and Great Britain.

"It is inconceivable that it is anyone other than the Iranian government that's doing it," said former White House counterterrorism official Richard Clarke, an ABC News consultant.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stopped short earlier this week of blaming Iran, saying the U.S. did not have evidence "of the involvement of the Iranian government in support of the Taliban."

But an analysis by a senior coalition official, obtained by the Blotter on, concludes there is clear evidence of Iran's involvement.

"This is part of a considered policy," says the analysis, "rather than the result of low-level corruption and weapons smuggling."

The coalition analysis says munitions recovered in two Iranian convoys, on April 11 and May 3, had "clear indications that they originated in Iran. Some were identical to Iranian supplied goods previously discovered in Iraq."

The April convoy was tracked from Iran into Helmand province and led a fierce firefight that destroyed one vehicle, according to the official analysis. A second vehicle was reportedly found to contain small arms ammunition, mortar rounds and more than 650 pounds of C4 demolition charges.

A second convoy of two vehicles was spotted on May 3 and led to the capture of five occupants and the seizure of RPG-7mm rockets and more than 1,000 pounds of C4, the analysis says.

Also among the munitions are components for the lethal EFPs, or explosive formed projectiles, the roadside bombs that U.S. officials say Iran has provided to Iraqi insurgents with deadly results.

"These clearly have the hallmarks of the Iranian Revolution Guards' Quds force," said Jones.

The coalition diplomatic message says the demolition charges "contained the same fake U.S. markings found on explosives recovered from insurgents operating in the Baghdad area."

"We believe these intercepted munitions are part of a much bigger flow of support from Iran to the Taliban," the message says.


Blogger mah29001 said...

Communist China is also involved with supplying arms to the Taliban. They have been doing this even before September 11th, 2001 attacks, and "former" Soviet Russia had openly been promoting the Northern Alliance to be "against" the Taliban.

Now leaders of the NA have agreed to a "ceasefire" with the Taliban and "al-Qaedish" fighters, with even the likes of Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden. What's more, this is also being cheered by the Marxist party-Workers' World Party, known pro-Soviet/pro-Stalinist party which Ramsey Clark is affiliated with it.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big deal. People sell weapons to assholes all the time. This may come as a shock to you, Trevor, but American companies during the 1980s, with the complicity of the White House, sold biological agents to Saddam Hussein, and the Reagan administration sold arms to the Ayatollah.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Fergus said...

That's odd, Iran was a big supporter of the opposition to the Taliban pre September 11th. Major problem in this region and still key supporter of the Taliban is still Pakistan thougha dn yet its a major ally in the war on terror, odder still.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

Anon-not surprised in least.

Fergus-In my opinion, Pakistan is part of the problem, not the solution. The sooner the US admits this the better.

3:27 PM  

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