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Iran Befriends the Taliban in Afghanistan
Wow, what a big surprise. What a smart move. Just what Afghanistan needs as the NATO involvement fades in 2014. Iran provides a haven for the Taliban leaders to strategize their reconquest of parts of Afghanistan, which they no doubt will. Iran obtains another terrorist type group to haunt Pakistan and the Taliban has a weapons supplier. For the rest of the region, the development is only more nightmare.
Part of Iran's reasoning is retaliation if Iran's nuclear sites are attacked in between now and mid-October. To both sides, which were not always "allies" because of the Shite vs. Sunni quagmire, both see the USA as the greater enemy. Iran already has an embassy in Kabul and consulates in Herat. Now, the Taliban have their own office in Zahedan, Iran, 100% immune from the enemy. It is also close to the Taliban's main offices inside Quetta, Pakistan.
Already (it just opened in May), Iran and the Taliban are discussing plans to send surface to air missiles to them. Once this occurs, count for more helicopters and aircraft to be downed. Iran is already providing low level weapons to them. Iran has already used its clout on the Afghanistan government by threatening to toss out thousands of Afghan workers who work in Iran if the Afghan and US reach an agreement for assistance after 2014. The public uproar caused the Afghan government to cancel any such agreement or discussion. Even Afghan intelligence state clearly that Iran is sending more infiltrators into Afghanistan, mixing in with commoners. These men are conducting surveillance on US airbases along their border and Afghan army bases.
Iran is also aiding al-Qaeda by allowing them to move money and terrorists through its country to South Asia. They are much involved with the Iraqi al-Qaeda group that is also creating instability in Syria.
Its really too bad we cannot simply assassinate both President Ahmadinejad and the Supreme Ayatollah to avoid more war and bloodshed in the world.