Iran Funnels New Weapons to Iraq and Afghanistan

(Wall Street Journal) Jay Solomon - Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has transferred rocket-assisted exploding projectiles to its allies in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent months, according to senior U.S. officials, in a bid to accelerate the U.S. withdrawals from these countries. Over the past six months, Kata'ib Hizbullah has employed IRAMs (improvised rocket-assisted munitions), propane tanks packed with hundreds of pounds of explosives and powered by rockets launched from flatbed trucks. Iran has also given long-range rockets to the Taliban in Afghanistan. U.S. defense officials are also increasingly concerned that Iran's stepped-up military activities in the Persian Gulf could inadvertently trigger a clash, after a number of near misses involving Iranian and allied ships and planes in recent months.

2011-07-04 00:00:00

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