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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Convoy of explosives headed to Afghanistan definitely from Iran, NATO commander says

NATO troops seized a convoy of explosives in Afghanistan last week that definitely came from Iran, Agence-France Presse reported today. The shipment, however, did not necessarily come from the government of Iran.

“The geographic origin of that convoy was clearly Iran but take note that I did not say it’s the Iranian government,” said U.S. General Dan McNeill, head of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.

“In that convoy there were explosive materials that could be made into more advanced improvised explosive devices,” he added.

The stash also included armor-piercing bombs, which are deadly when used as roadside bombs in Iraq.

Although Iran is a Shia Muslim country, the cooperation with the Taliban, a Sunni fundamentalist group, may be due to the presence of foreign and Western troops in Afghanistan.

U.S. and British officials have alleged for months that weapons from Iran were being sent to Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

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