Skip to comments.Herat police chief accuses Iran of ramping up attacks in western Afghanistan
Posted on 08/04/2014 11:53:12 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
The chief of police for Herat has accused Iran of supporting a network that is stepping up attacks in the western Afghan province.
General Samiullah Qatrah said on Aug. 3 that Taliban fighters recently captured by security forces admitted that Iran is backing the network, which has killed 11 policemen, soldiers, civilians, and two Finnish aid workers in Herat over the past 11 days. The two female Finnish aid workers were employed by a Christian charity and were gunned down while traveling in a taxi.
"In their confessions, they [six captured Taliban fighters] have said that the network is funded by Iran," Qatrah said, TOLONews reported. He said documents seized by security personnel provide evidence of Iran's involvement in the attacks.
The attacks were planned inside Iran, Qatrah said, and he also noted that Taliban commanders are transiting between Iran and Afghanistan "unimpeded."
Accusations by Afghan officials that Iran is backing the Taliban are not uncommon. Similarly, Afghan officials routinely accuse Pakistan of providing covert support for the Taliban's operations in Afghanistan. Pakistan's military and the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate are known to back the Taliban's jihad in Afghanistan and to provide safe havens for Taliban leaders and fighters inside Pakistan.
Iran's support of the Taliban is well documented. In August 2010, the Ansar Corps, a sub-branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force, was identified by the US Treasury Department as supporting Iranian operations inside Afghanistan. . .
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