Thursday, June 7, 2007

No evidence of Iranian support for Taliban

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, visiting Afghanistan, held a press conference with Afghan President Karzai. Both men told the press that there is no evidence for Iranian government involvement in supplying weapons to Afghan insurgents. Karzai was blunt: “We don’t have any such evidence so far of the involvement of the Iranian government in support of the Taliban", he said.

This comes on the heels of recent reports that various Iranian-made weapons have turned up in Afghanistan. Observers note that many weapons - only some of which are Iranian-made - are available on the black market in Afghanistan.

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