Iranian Flow of Weapons to Iraqi and Afghan Groups Increasing

[Washington Post] Robin Wright - Iran has increased arms shipments to both Iraq's Shiite extremists and Afghanistan's Taliban in recent weeks in an apparent attempt to pressure American and other Western troops, according to senior U.S. and European officials. In Iraq, Iranian 240mm rockets, which have a range of up to 30 miles and could significantly change the battlefield, have been used recently by Shiite extremists against U.S. and British targets in Basra and Baghdad. U.S. officials said remnants of such rockets bearing the markings of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps were found dated 2007. Iran has supplied the same weapon, known as the Fajr-3, to Hizbullah. In Afghanistan, British forces have intercepted at least two arms shipments from Iran to Afghanistan's Helmand province since late April.

2007-06-04 01:00:00

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