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Evidence mounts Iran fueling wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, April 19, 2007

Iranian made IEDs have been found in Iraq, along with Iranian munitions. Now an Iranian arms shipment bound for the Taliban in Afghanistan has been intercepted:
A shipment of Iranian-made weapons bound for the Taliban was recently captured by allied forces in Afghanistan, the Pentagon’s top officer said Tuesday.

It was the first time that a senior American official had asserted that Iranian-made weapons were being supplied to the Taliban. But Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said it was not clear if the Iranian government had authorized the shipment.

“We have intercepted weapons in Afghanistan headed for the Taliban that were made in Iran,” General Pace told reporters. “It’s not as clear in Afghanistan which Iranian entity is responsible.”

The shipment involved mortars and plastic explosives and was seized within the past month near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar. Markings on the plastic explosive material indicated that it was produced in Iran, General Pace said.
Whether there is evidence the Iranian government authorized the shipment or not, that fact is arms are flowing into both war zones which originate in that country. And Iranian ties with Iraqi insurgents, through the Iranian government, aren't disputed. We know that Qods Force personnel operate in Iraq.
According to American intelligence officials, the support to militant groups in Iraq is so systematic that it could not be carried out without the knowledge of some senior Iranian officials. “Based on our understanding of the Iranian system and the history of I.R.G.C. operations, the intelligence community assesses that activity this extensive on the part of the Quds Force would not be conducted without approval from top leaders in Iran,” a senior intelligence official said this year. The Quds Force is an elite unit of the Revolutionary Guards.
It certainly wouldn't be a surprise to find them with the Taliban in Afghanistan either. So while we may not have the "smoking gun" so to speak, there's little doubt in my mind that such shipments, in the form of munitions and machined IED components, most likely aren't moving out of the country without some level of government approval.

Iran is playing a dangerous game here, but seems to assume it can get away with it. This goes to the question I've been asking for quite some time ... how do you negotiate with someone who will not do so in good faith? Where does such a negotiation lead except a dead-end road unless it is backed by something more substantial than sanctions or a strongly worded condemnation?
 
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Iran is playing a dangerous game here, but seems to assume it can get away with it.
I don’t know that I would call it an assumption. More like a hypothesis that’s backed up by pretty good evidence.

Because the Europeans and the American left are so willfully blind to anything bad that Iran does and both actively work to stop any retaliation, Iran probably considers them de facto allies.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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I have an eligant solutions for the "Iran Problem"...

I like to call it ’Operation: Lake Iran’. The "rebuilding" of Iran would involve the largest Jewish-themed water park that has ever been concieved of by man.

The Iranians get their own consessions booths or jobs in the hotels for visitors. They all have jobs, none of them have the ability to create nukes.

You can all breath a sigh of reliefe that I’ll never be in charge... :)
 
Written By: Scott
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Because the Europeans and the American left are so willfully blind to anything bad that Iran does and both actively work to stop any retaliation, Iran probably considers them de facto allies.
Up to this point the administration has been dealing with the Iran problem exactly as the Left has urged: trying to build international consensus for sanctions, etc. I doubt even a President Kerry would have done anything less under the circumstances.

Nonetheless, to skim the nutroots commentary on Iran one would think that Bush has already invaded that country. The moonbatosphere is constantly complaining about the Bush administration’s aggression toward Iran.
 
Written By: Aldo
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I find it amazing that while the UN has been utterly toothless on Darfur (well, they are toothless on EVERYTHING, but lets not pick nits), the left wants us to give the UN more money (we already give the most of any nation).

The guy running Sudan promises compliance and such with the UN, and then does the opposite. Until such time as the UN decides to start enforcing it’s own policies and holding people to what they say ("You said we could bring inspectors. You stopped us, so now we bring inspectors and tanks."), this exact situation will always happen.

There are no consequences, so why change behavior?
 
Written By: Scott
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Iran is playing a dangerous game here, but seems to assume it can get away with it.
Democrat leader Senator Harry Reid has announced we have lost the Iraq war. With Europe bought off and the Democrats surrendering it looks like Iran is correct in it’s assumption they can get away with it. They are.
 
Written By: James E. Fish
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It’s crazy to think that the Iranian government is arming the Taliban. Whatever the backstory behind this, it’s bogus. Iran’s patrons in Afghanistan are the Shiite Hazara, who the Taliban repeatedly massacred. The Taliban themselves massacred twenty or so Iranian diplomats on shortly before the U.S. invasion.

Iran was the single most consistent opponent of the Taliban in the pre 9/11 era. Which makes sense, because the Taliban were the leading anti-Shiite zealots in the whole region. Said Talibani movement is blowing up Shiites in Pakistan right now.

Iran and the U.S. are indeed playing a game: I’d put this in the "strategic misinformation" column on the U.S. side.

To any extent that Iranian weapons are, in fact, really reaching the Taliban, I’d suggest that the Iranian government is the most unhappy institution about it within 1000 miles.
 
Written By: glasnost
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It’s crazy to think that the Iranian government is arming the Taliban. Whatever the backstory behind this, it’s bogus. Iran’s patrons in Afghanistan are the Shiite Hazara, who the Taliban repeatedly massacred. The Taliban themselves massacred twenty or so Iranian diplomats on shortly before the U.S. invasion.
Oh, of course, and there’s no possibility of them fighting a common religious enemy (especially since both are Muslim theocracies and they’re fighting the "Great Satan") first before going back to hammering each other is there?

Enemy of my enemy and all that ...
 
Written By: McQ
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Hitler would never cut a deal with Stalin! Didn’t you read Mein Kampf?
 
Written By: Karl
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...and majority-Sunni Syria would never be an ally of Shiite Iran, either.
 
Written By: Karl
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Oh, of course, and there’s no possibility of them fighting a common religious enemy (especially since both are Muslim theocracies and they’re fighting the "Great Satan") first before going back to hammering each other is there?

I wouldn’t put it down as completely impossible. What I would look at pretty carefully are things like, "how many weapons are the Taliban getting from 15 neighboring Sunni countries?" and "what interdiction efforts are the Iranians making on the Afghanistan border" and "historically, what’s the typical rate of leakage from local arms industries into an insurgency?"

US companies, for example, have attempted at various times to sell critical arms technologies and weapons to every official national enemy on the planet. Chechnya’s entire arsenal was Russian. The Pakistani government, you’d think, would be genuinely anti-Al-Queida since they tried to off Musharraf and regularly bomb the army, but they seem helpless to stop the arming of Al-Quieda in their own country.

it’s not inconceivable, it’s just too contralogical to buy strategic drips of info.

Kind of like how the Admin insisted that EFP’s were only available from Iran, and yet we found an EFP factory inside Iraq last month. I believe that Iran is arming militant Shiite groups, so it’s not like I’m ascribing saintly behavior to them.

 
Written By: glasnost
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I agree with Glasnost that Iran is probably not that big a vendor to the Taliban...(though maybe for money or dope they do get Iranian weapons.) Have there been any EFP attacks in Herat?

We had a small window to cooperate with Iran in Afghanistan and did not do it...I don’t know if that was right or not...I’d call it a push. I also don’t know if the Iranians offered any assitance...I’d say both sides aren’t that friendly.





 
Written By: Harun
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What is this agreement we negotiated with Iran about not supporting their clients in Iraq and Afghanistan? Don’t we need to be negotiating with them before we claim their negotiating in bad faith?
 
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