Iranian bombs captured in Afghanistan

Iran ‘arming Taliban with roadside bombs’

US Army General Dan McNeill, the commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan, said that the discovery of more than 50 roadside bombs and timers in lorries crossing the border from Iran last month proves that Iran’s Quds Revolutionary Guards are actively supporting the Taliban…

British special forces, believed to be from the Special Boat Service, played a prominent role in tracking and intercepting two lorries that crossed from Iran into Afghanistan’s Farah Province on Sept 5.

The lorries contained materials for explosively formed penetrator bombs.

While the Iranian support for Shiite militias in Iraq seems like a no-brainer these days, and has the cover of being given to pro-Iran tribes and political elements. Aid to Sunni-dominated Taliban fighters in Afghanistan is, if anything, even more clearly anti-West.

Comments

  1. Murdoc, Iranian support for Shia elements in Iraq has been going on for decades. In fact, the current composition of the Iraqi Army consists heavily of Badr Brigade elements, originally trained and equipped by Iran during the Iran-Iraq War. The Taliban is another matter. It’s not clear that the Iranian government is actually involved in this arms smuggling. It must be realized that this kind of thing happens to the US, as well, as over the years many F-14 Tomcat parts have made their way to Iran, from outside direct lines of government participation. To be sure, the Taliban do not draw lines of supply from Iran. They do so from Pakistan. And there are reports of 20,000 freshly trained recruits currently massing on the Pakistani-Afghan border.

  2. What the hell, we are allowing the Chinese to buy up our defense contractors. Isn’t ‘free trade’ wonderful? I guess they have to do something with all those US dollars they’ve got stashed away in their vaults. I mean, besides those they’ve printed themselves. I wonder where that technology will end up?

    A Chinese company with ties to Beijing’s military and past links to Saddam Hussein’s army in Iraq and the Taliban will gain access to U.S. defense-network technology under a proposed merger, Pentagon officials say. Huawei Technologies will merge with the Massachusetts-based 3Com network-equipment manufacturer in a deal announced last week. Huawei has been linked to the U.N. oil-for-food scandal, which involved millions of dollars in payoffs to Saddam’s regime during a time of U.N. sanctions. The announced merger follows a July computer attack on the Pentagon that U.S. intelligence officials say involved Chinese military hackers. The hackers were detected breaking into Pentagon computers, including an e-mail system close to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. ‘Huawei is up to its eyeballs with the Chinese military,’ said a defense official concerned about the deal. Huawei was founded in 1988 by a Chinese military officer and got its start building military communications networks.