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More on the Iran-Taliban connection (chortle)

June 14 2007 at 5:48 PM
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By Slobodan Lekic
ASSOCIATED PRESS

2:38 a.m. June 14, 2007

BRUSSELS, Belgium – Afghanistan's defense minister on Thursday dismissed claims by a top U.S. State Department official that there was “irrefutable evidence” that the Iranian government was providing arms to Taliban rebels.
“Actually, throughout, we have had good relations with Iran and we believe that the security and stability of Afghanistan are also in the interests of Iran,” Abdul Rahim Wardak told The Associated Press.



AdvertisementOn Wednesday, U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said in Paris that Tehran was directly supplying weapons to the Taliban. He told CNN there was “irrefutable evidence” that arms shipments were coming from Iran's government.
The State Department later appeared to step back from Burns' assertion, but stressed that the United States has proof that weapons from Iran were reaching Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

Tehran has denied the accusations. Wardak, who is attending a NATO defense ministers' meeting in Brussels, also played down suggestions that Iranian authorities were sending arms shipments to the Taliban.

“There has been evidence of weapons, but it is difficult to link it to Iran,” Wardak said. “It is possible that (they) might be from al-Qaeda, from the drug mafia or from other sources.”

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is attending the Brussels meeting, also mentioned the alleged weapons transfers from Iran.

“The irony is the Afghan government and the Iranian government have pretty good relationships,” Gates told reporters. Gates, who was in Afghanistan last week, said Afghan President Hamid Karzai talked to him about the good relationship the two countries have.

Gates speculated that Tehran may be “trying to play both sides of the street, hedge their bets, or what their motives are other than causing trouble for us.”

In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, Wardak said he would appeal to the defense ministers of NATO and allied countries to provide greater assistance in the training of Afghan security forces.

He said the establishment of an effective Afghan air force was a top priority because air support would enable the army to conduct independent operations without having to rely so heavily on the international forces.

It currently operates a handful of Czech-built L-39 jet trainers, together with some old Soviet Mi-17 helicopters and Antonov An-26 twin-engine transports.

“We have all agreed that the only sustainable way to secure Afghanistan is to enable the Afghans themselves to defend the country as they have done for thousands of years. Based on that I would like to have further acceleration of the Afghan national security forces both in numbers and capabilities,” Wardak said.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20070614-0238-iran-taliban.html

 
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Re: More on the Iran-Taliban connection (chortle)

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June 14 2007, 5:53 PM 

Bush officials claim Iran is arming the Taliban, the same group who murder Iranian diplomats and blew up a Shiite Shrine in Iran. Yes, please tell us how the shiite priests running Iran have allied themselves to the same group that they hold responsible for launching a terrorist attack against one of the most revered shrines in shiism that resides in Mashad, Iran. God they think we are stupid and ignorant, unfortunately judging by the media attention you would think that all of these ludicrous Bush administration positions are proven facts. Also tell us how Iran who nearly declared war on the Taliban and launched military incursions against cross border targets is now aligned to an organization who wants to kill, forcibly convert, or otherwise oppress Shias. NOW WE SEE THAT BOTH AFGHAN PREISDENT KARZAI AND THE DEFENSE MINISTER REFUTING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATIONS NEWS SET OF LIES. WHEN A REPUBLICAN LIES YOU INTO WAR ONCE, THEY JUST PRETEND IT NEVER HAPPENED AND DOUBLE DOWN.

 
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June 14 2007, 5:55 PM 

I REPEAT VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING COMING OUT OF THE AMERICAN MEDIA AND BUSH ADMINISTRATION ON IRAN IS EVEN A BIGGER LIE THAN THEIR CASE FOR WAR, AND THE CONSEQUENCES WILL BE DISASTROUS. THESE GUYS MAKE UP "INTELLIGENCE" TO SUIT THEIR IDEOLOGY, THAN WHEN THEY HAVE LAUNCHED A DISASTROUS WAR AND THEIR WILD ASSERTIONS ARE PROVEN INCORRECT THEY JUST COME UP WITH A NEW SET OF MADE UP ASSERTIONS.

 
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