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Post time 2012-1-6 01:26:45 |Display all floors
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lotusfly7 Post time: 2012-1-4 16:46
Iran is the largest weapons supplier to the Taliban bar none.

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Wikileaks Gates: No Iranian Help to Taliban

Posted on 11/29/2010 by Juan

What they tell each other:

According to a newly released wikileaks document, in February of this year, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates met with Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini. Afghanistan was on the agenda.

Gates “noted that intelligence indicated there was little lethal material crossing the Afghanistan-Iran border.”…

I have been saying for years that the occasional Pentagon or other USG allegations of Iranian support for the hyper-Sunni, Shiite-killing Taliban are just war propaganda. Iran has Afghan President Hamid Karzai on a $2 mn. a year retainer! Why would Tehran want to overthrow him? Gates told Frattini the real story, not the cover story.

It appears that in private they level with other security bureaucrats, but then lie in public to Obama and the Congress.

You could imagine a good Saturday Night Live skit about “Wikileaks Gates” (the honest straight shooter) and “Television Gates” (who says what we’ve all been hearing). And, mind you, Gates is not by any means the worst offender.

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Post time 2012-1-6 19:51:30 |Display all floors
china-israel Post time: 2012-1-5 04:49
What loss to humanity would there be if the Iranians just disappeared from Earth?  There are too man ...

The Iranians are not trouble makers, if you are going to get rid of a group of troublemakers why not go after the REAL troublemakers??

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Post time 2012-1-6 20:18:28 |Display all floors
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I'm an Afghanistan War Veteran and I can shed a lot of light on your question.

During the Soviet Occupation during the 1980s, the US Government along with many other nations such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia pledged to supply weapons to the mujaheddin who were being slaughtered by the Soviet Military. We provided these Afghan resistance fighters with Assault Rifles, Rockets, Anti-Tank mines that they could use against Soviet Armor, as well as Stinger Missiles that they would eventually use to engage Soviet helicopters. The addition of the Stinger Missile was a major turning point during the war because it eliminated all air threats, turning the war in Afghanistan into a ground battle which gave the Afghans the upper-hand.

When the Soviets finally ended operations in Afghanistan, they left behind a lot of their own equipment to make for a quick pull out which added to the overwhelmingly large amount of weapons already residing in that country. The Soviets also left behind millions of anti-personnel landmines during the pullout because they were pissed off that their operation was unsuccessful. FYI, Afghanistan is one of the most saturated countries in the world in regards to landmines.

When I was there in 2007, our Forward Operating Base had a program in place that offered to pay cash to Afghans who were willing to turn over weapons. There was a standardized spreadsheet used by the US Military throughout Afghanistan that contained almost every type of weapon with an estimated value next to it. Occasionally we would have locals drive up to the gate with trunk loads of weapons for turn-in and they would walk away with cash in their hands or an IOU that would be paid to them at a later time when we had the money on-hand.

So to answer your question, virtually all of the weapons and RPGs used by the Taliban is leftover stuff from the 80s (and yes, the stuff still works).
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