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Document: Iran Caught Red-Handed Shipping Arms to Taliban
The Blotter ^ | 6-6-07 | Brian Ross and Christopher Isham

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."


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bombirannow; bombnukesites; bombpipelines; caughtredhanded; enemy; iran; islam; muhammadsminions; proxywars; sumggling; taliban; wot
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1 posted on 06/06/2007 4:48:00 PM PDT by Danae
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To: Danae; SJackson; jveritas; FARS; Ernest_at_the_Beach; knighthawk; Marine_Uncle; SandRat; ...
Iranian murderous mischief ping.
2 posted on 06/06/2007 4:51:19 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Al Qaeda knows Iraq's strategic value, yet the Democrats work day and night for our defeat there.)
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To: elhombrelibre

And, yet sadly we won’t do a thing about it.


3 posted on 06/06/2007 4:52:30 PM PDT by ASC2006
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To: Danae

Yeah, I’m sure we’ll do something about it.

Anyone notice we let Turkey invade because of cross-border crap by the Kurds?


4 posted on 06/06/2007 4:52:59 PM PDT by conserv8ive1 (Rudy and the Bots...blasting off to oblivion.)
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To: 91B; HiJinx; Spiff; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; clintonh8r; TEXOKIE; windchime; Grampa Dave; ...
Interesting,....

Wonder if Juan Williams of PBS will cover this??? < / sarc

5 posted on 06/06/2007 4:53:38 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: ASC2006

You are familiar with the PC twiddle thumbs doctrine as well?


6 posted on 06/06/2007 4:53:42 PM PDT by conserv8ive1 (Rudy and the Bots...blasting off to oblivion.)
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To: conserv8ive1

The alleged Turkish incursion in Iraq has been denied by both official Kurdish and American spokesman and government sources.


7 posted on 06/06/2007 4:54:29 PM PDT by SolidWood (Save America: Thompson/Hunter 2008)
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To: conserv8ive1

Maybe we can get the UK to apologize to Iran again.


8 posted on 06/06/2007 4:54:36 PM PDT by glock rocks (Please pray every day for our Patriot Armed Forces fighting to protect our way of life.)
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To: 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.

I won't believe it until the unbiased seer of all, the NYT shows it to be true. /s

9 posted on 06/06/2007 4:54:54 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: elhombrelibre

Take out the filthy bastards in charge of that country, now, President Bush!


10 posted on 06/06/2007 4:55:13 PM PDT by pissant
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To: conserv8ive1
Anyone notice we let Turkey invade because of cross-border crap by the Kurds?

Like so many media report, the Turkish invasion was false.

Now, if the evidence is sound regarding Iran, it is time to attack.

11 posted on 06/06/2007 4:55:49 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (The Democratic Party will not exist in a few years....we are watching history unfold before us.)
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To: conserv8ive1

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.


12 posted on 06/06/2007 4:56:06 PM PDT by ASC2006
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To: Danae

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.


13 posted on 06/06/2007 4:56:10 PM PDT by Sam Ketcham (Amnesty vote dilution, & increased taxes to bring us down to the world poverty level.)
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To: ASC2006
They’ve been aiding thos killing Americans, Iraqis, and Coalition forces in Iraq at least since 2005. Then you throw in what they’ve done in Lebanon to thwart democracy and independence, the military logistics and explosives they’ve given to Hezbollah to kill Israelis, and the aid they give to Hamas and you have a very big state sponsor of terror. Why does Bush not take his case to the public? I cannot understand how we’ve let Iran undermine the people of that region and kill Americans.
14 posted on 06/06/2007 4:56:16 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Al Qaeda knows Iraq's strategic value, yet the Democrats work day and night for our defeat there.)
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To: SolidWood

We shall see.


15 posted on 06/06/2007 4:56:58 PM PDT by conserv8ive1 (Rudy and the Bots...blasting off to oblivion.)
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To: elhombrelibre

Bush has let the MSM cow him.


16 posted on 06/06/2007 4:57:03 PM PDT by ASC2006
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To: happygrl

Ping.


17 posted on 06/06/2007 4:58:31 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Al Qaeda knows Iraq's strategic value, yet the Democrats work day and night for our defeat there.)
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To: Danae
Call Officer Barbrady. "Nothing to see here people, move on.

I did notice that at least Republicans aren't afraid to talk about Iran during debates.

18 posted on 06/06/2007 4:58:31 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Danae

BTT


19 posted on 06/06/2007 4:58:37 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I'M WITH FRED!)
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To: Danae
"It is inconceivable that it is anyone other than the Iranian government that's doing it," said former White House counter-terrorism official Richard Clarke, an ABC News consultant.

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.

20 posted on 06/06/2007 4:59:29 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: pissant
I’m catching this report on ABC NEWS tonight where I live. I would think someone running for president or in the Senate would say the same thing you said.
21 posted on 06/06/2007 5:00:26 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Al Qaeda knows Iraq's strategic value, yet the Democrats work day and night for our defeat there.)
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To: Danae

Iran wants open war. They just want the U. S. to react to one of their acts of war in a way that let’s them claim we started it (in a way that much of the [muddle-headed] world will accept their claim.)


22 posted on 06/06/2007 5:00:47 PM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: Danae

We shoulda bombed the heck out of ‘em in ‘79. Why wait? I don’t think Bush would grab a Snickers.

Blow the crap out of ‘em.


23 posted on 06/06/2007 5:01:08 PM PDT by wastedyears (Check my profile for links to anti-illegal immigration T-shirts.)
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To: Sam Ketcham
He leaves our soldiers to be blown up by Iranian munitions, does nothing.

Foolishness - Just because it isn't happening on the front page of your news papers doesn't mean it isn't happening...

This is the real world....Much was happening inside Iraq long before shock and awe....

Additionally don't be so quick to assume it isn't our military who want a hold on any overt action Vs Iran at the current time....

24 posted on 06/06/2007 5:01:10 PM PDT by SevenMinusOne
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To: Danae

War!


25 posted on 06/06/2007 5:01:35 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Danae

Thank you Jimmy Carter!


26 posted on 06/06/2007 5:03:12 PM PDT by EndWelfareToday (Live free and keep what you earn. - Tancredo or Hunter)
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To: ASC2006

“And, yet sadly we won’t do a thing about it.”

Iran is fortunate that...

1. ...Iran did not try to kill Bush’s daddy.
2. ... Bush’s political capital is in major deficit due to immigration.
3. ... Saddam was there to take the fall.


27 posted on 06/06/2007 5:03:25 PM PDT by gcruse
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So where’s the formal declaration of war?


28 posted on 06/06/2007 5:04:57 PM PDT by wastedyears (Check my profile for links to anti-illegal immigration T-shirts.)
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To: pissant

that would be assassination and the moral high roaders say we are better than that.


29 posted on 06/06/2007 5:05:07 PM PDT by conserv8ive1 (Rudy and the Bots...blasting off to oblivion.)
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To: gcruse

4. The Rats


30 posted on 06/06/2007 5:05:24 PM PDT by SeaBiscuit (God Bless America.)
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To: Danae

What will be the media reports after Iran nukes Israel? We can’t be sure the Iranian government was involved?


31 posted on 06/06/2007 5:06:26 PM PDT by bluebeak
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To: savedbygrace
They just want the U. S. to react to one of their acts of war in a way that let’s them claim we started it (in a way that much of the [muddle-headed] world will accept their claim.)

Cut off the head of the serpent and world terrorism will dwindle to an unnoticeable trickle of events.

32 posted on 06/06/2007 5:06:53 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: SeaBiscuit

I don’t see how it’s the rats’ fault. Bush had six years of republican dominance to do whatever he wanted. And here we are.


33 posted on 06/06/2007 5:07:04 PM PDT by gcruse
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To: Danae

I say return the weapons to Iran. Supply the Iranian insurgents whereever they are with them.


34 posted on 06/06/2007 5:07:09 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Time to get your election bumper sticker ready. "Impeach Hillary 09".)
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To: gcruse

True.. though they certainly are a thorn.


35 posted on 06/06/2007 5:08:45 PM PDT by SeaBiscuit (God Bless America.)
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To: ASC2006
Rather than random reports, I hope there is some strategery going on here.

Perhaps this article, coming at the heel of the news about the Turks going after Kurds, is setting the stage for taking out Iran's N program. The Turkish part of this might be an indication that some exchange has been made for their help, as if they did cross the border, they were probably given some green light to do so. And this news about being caught red handed with material for terrorists is building a case for furthur action.

36 posted on 06/06/2007 5:09:37 PM PDT by C210N (Bush SPIED, Terrorists DIED!)
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To: Danae

So we can finance proxy wars inside Iran now.


37 posted on 06/06/2007 5:11:33 PM PDT by omega4179 (El 43.o presidente de los Estados Unidos De Norteamérica Jorge W Bush)
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To: DevSix

Wow, you must have top secret inside info...


38 posted on 06/06/2007 5:12:34 PM PDT by Sam Ketcham (Amnesty vote dilution, & increased taxes to bring us down to the world poverty level.)
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To: Danae

We need a WARRIOR, not a diplomat!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r82xvlF4Ds


39 posted on 06/06/2007 5:15:32 PM PDT by RasterMaster (We need to get away from the KENNEDY wing of the Republican Party - Duncan Hunter)
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To: wastedyears
"We shoulda bombed the heck out of ‘em in ‘79"

I was 19 years young back then, thought the same at the time, and ever since.

40 posted on 06/06/2007 5:19:22 PM PDT by lormand (Michael Wiener - faux Conservatism for faux Conservatives.)
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To: conserv8ive1

I’ll be happy to give the orders, if they won’t and take full responsibility.


41 posted on 06/06/2007 5:19:51 PM PDT by pissant
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To: Bringbackthedraft
Supplying an insurgency in Iran is the least we can and should do.
42 posted on 06/06/2007 5:20:13 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Al Qaeda knows Iraq's strategic value, yet the Democrats work day and night for our defeat there.)
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To: Danae; All
If Russia and Iran ally any closer at all, I suggest FReepers take a look into Biblical prophesy regarding "Rosh," "Tubal," "Gog," and "Magog."

In fact, I suggest you do it, now.

43 posted on 06/06/2007 5:20:55 PM PDT by unspun (What do you think? Please think, before you answer.)
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To: Danae

The Dems say all we have to do is open a dialogue with these folks and they will see reason.

Is anyone else out there scared to death by these wussie nincompoops?


44 posted on 06/06/2007 5:22:44 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: Danae

Our government will do something about it. yup. sad ain’t it? they could shove a nuke up our rear end and I doubt anything would be done. We are too scared to engage in a world war of WWII proportions. *yawn*


45 posted on 06/06/2007 5:22:46 PM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: Cinnamon
they could shove a nuke up our rear end

When the islamofascists wrest control of Pakistan, this will be a real possibility, Iran aside.

46 posted on 06/06/2007 5:25:17 PM PDT by glock rocks (Please pray every day for our Patriot Armed Forces fighting to protect our way of life.)
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To: Danae

Okay, it is time for all the members of NATO to get behind it, and the Cruise Missiles need to fall like rain.


47 posted on 06/06/2007 5:30:09 PM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: Danae

Ya know, the cyclone is the perfect opportunity to let the Iranians know how Allah really feels about them. Psy Ops meets ballistic trajectory.


48 posted on 06/06/2007 5:32:36 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Fred Thompson in 2008 - there is no doubt about it! [GWB has jumped the duck])
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To: GMMAC; Pikamax; Former Proud Canadian; Alberta's Child; headsonpikes; Ryle; albertabound; ...

Just a general “heads up” Canada ping.


49 posted on 06/06/2007 5:32:55 PM PDT by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: Danae

SO WHAT! Neither George Bush nor NATO are going to do a damn thing about it. Hey maybe the should go to the UN and get some sanctions put in place-wow that will really intimidate the Iranians.


50 posted on 06/06/2007 5:36:48 PM PDT by mrmargaritaville
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