Skip to comments.Document: Iran Caught Red-Handed Shipping Arms to Taliban
Posted on 06/06/2007 4:47:58 PM PDT by Danae
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 ABCNews.com, 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."
Iran and the Taliban had been fierce enemies when the Taliban was in power in Afghanistan, and their apparent collaboration came as a surprise to some in the intelligence community.
"I think their goal is to make it very clear that Iran has the capability to make life worse for the United States on a variety of fronts," said Seth Jones of the Rand Institute, "even if they have to do some business with a group that has historically been their enemy."
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.
The Taliban receives larger supplies of weapons through profits from opium dealing, officials say, but the Iranian presence could be significant.
"It means the insurgency in Afghanistan is likely to be prolonged," said Jones. "It would be a much more potent force."
And, yet sadly we won’t do a thing about it.
Yeah, I’m sure we’ll do something about it.
Anyone notice we let Turkey invade because of cross-border crap by the Kurds?
Wonder if Juan Williams of PBS will cover this??? < / sarc
You are familiar with the PC twiddle thumbs doctrine as well?
The alleged Turkish incursion in Iraq has been denied by both official Kurdish and American spokesman and government sources.
Maybe we can get the UK to apologize to Iran again.
I won't believe it until the unbiased seer of all, the NYT shows it to be true. /s
Take out the filthy bastards in charge of that country, now, President Bush!
Like so many media report, the Turkish invasion was false.
Now, if the evidence is sound regarding Iran, it is time to attack.
I have been seeing article after article solidly showing Iran is killing our soldiers for more then three years now.
The time for talks is up.
Yup, red handed. And Bush bombed... oops no he didn’t. He spent all of his political capital and is afraid to do what is right. He leaves our soldiers to be blown up by Iranian munitions, does nothing.
We shall see.
Bush has let the MSM cow him.
I did notice that at least Republicans aren't afraid to talk about Iran during debates.
It is inconceivable to 95% of us who inhabit the USA, however for a person of political stature nationally or the MSM to have a brain fart and see it makes it a revelation of common sense.