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Its Iran Stupid…

Posted by Atilla89 on June 29, 2007

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Security Measures

Security Measures

From AP: Gates says weapons flow through Iran to Taliban.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates tied Iran’s government to large shipments of weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan and said Wednesday that such quantities were unlikely without Tehran’s knowledge.Gates’ comments, coming after accusations by a State Department official, were the strongest by a Cabinet secretary about Iran’s support of the terrorist group in Afghanistan.

Basing his conclusions on new intelligence, Gates said “given the quantities (of weapons) that we’re seeing, it is difficult to believe that it is associated with smuggling or the drug business or that it’s taking place without the knowledge of the Iranian government.”

He said that the latest information indicates a “fairly substantial flow of weapons” is crossing into Afghanistan. …

Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns told CNN on Wednesday that “there’s irrefutable evidence the Iranians are now doing this.”

“It’s certainly coming from the government of Iran,” he said. “It’s coming from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard corps command, which is a basic unit of the Iranian government.”

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters “it certainly is hard to believe that the Iranian government isn’t involved in some way, shape or form in this.”

Gates and other defense officials would not go as far as Burns did. The Pentagon chief also said he was not as certain about the link to Iran’s Quds Force, which is accused of arming and training Iraqi militants.

In April, Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, disclosed that Iranian-made weapons intended for Taliban insurgents were intercepted by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Pace said at the time that it was not clear which Iranian entity was responsible for the arms, which included mortars and C-4 plastic explosives.

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