NATO, Brits Accuse Iran of Arming Taliban

Shipment of roadside bombs intercepted at border fuels suspicions
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2007 11:50 AM CDT
One of the two unidentified foreign staff of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), is seen with Taliban militants after he was released in the Sayad Abad district of Wardak province, Afghanistan...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – NATO and the British military claim Iran is supplying Afghanistan's Taliban with the same equipment for explosive devices that it provides to Iraqi insurgents, the Telegraph writes. US Gen. Dan McNeill, the NATO commander in Afghanistan, said his forces discovered 50 roadside bombs and timers crossing the Iran-Afghanistan border in trucks last month; Iran denied the charges.

Iran, governed by Shia Muslims, denies helping the Taliban, a Sunni militia, and insists the accusations amount to a propaganda campaign to drum up support for an attack by Western forces on Iran. Yet the British ambassador in Kabul said that "elements within Iran" were backing the Taliban, just as they have been waging a proxy war in Iraq.