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Iran and the US vie in Afghanistan

Posted by The Agonist on June 10th, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

Brian M Downing | Jun 9 | Asia Times Online

Iran over the past decade has devoted considerable attention to getting American forces away from its borders. In Iraq, it backed Shi’ite militias who formed an important part of the insurgency. It later pressed Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to oust US forces, though he did allow US training missions and oil companies to remain.

Efforts to oust the US from Afghanistan have been unsuccessful. Iran arms the Taliban with a modicum of weapons, mainly as a reminder to the US that these supplies could increase sharply in the event of attacks on Iranian nuclear facilities. Iran loathes the Taliban as an unstable Sunni cult that is backed, albeit indirectly, by Saudi Arabia.

Iran arms the Taliban?

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