Report Claims Iran Arms Taliban - The Lede Blog - NYTimes.com
Interesting if true. Can't say it would be a surprise given Iran's history, but that's a pretty bold move on their part.Afghan officials and a man who claims to be a Taliban commander told Britain’s Channel 4 News that Iran was supplying weapons to Taliban insurgents. The Channel 4 News report, embedded below, shows arms, including mortars and mines, Afghan officials in the western province of Herat say they intercepted en route from Iran to the Taliban.
Reporting for Channel 4 News, Nima Elbagir said that she had been shown documents and video by Afghan officials to back up their claims that weapons made in Iran were being smuggled across the border into Afghanistan.
The report notes that while the Iranian government strongly denies supplying any arms to the Taliban, Britain’s Foreign Office told Channel 4 News: “at the same time as supporting the legitimate Afghan government, [Iran] is undermining it by providing weapons and training for the Taliban.”