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Iranian weapons intercepted in Afghanistan

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posted on Sep, 16 2007 @ 01:30 AM

NATO troops deployed in Afghanistan have intercepted an Iranian arms shipment destined for the Taliban in what appears to be an escalating flow of weaponry between the two former enemies, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.

Citing unnamed officials from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the newspaper said the shipment seized on September 6 included armour-piercing bombs, which have been especially deadly when used as roadside bombs against foreign troops in Iraq.

The NATO-led force interdicted two smaller shipments of similar weapons from Iran into southern Helmand province April 11 and May 3, the report said.


Looks like the Iranian's are disputing the story:

A senior Iranian official called the allegation baseless, according to the report.

"We have no interest in instability in Iraq or Afghanistan," the paper quotes the Iranian official as saying.

Iran argues they have established friendly relationships with the Afghan government, so supplying weapons it it's opposition serves no purpose. This would make sense considering Iran's long standing opposition to the Taliban - it really doesn't make sense for them to support the overthrow of a government opposed to the Taliban.

It's really hard to make sense of the news these days. While this is reported by a respected paper, it's not logical and appears to follow the recent efforts of western media to build the case for action against Iran.

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