May 29, 2007 3:00 AM

Iranian arms to Taliban may be retaliation for U.S. policy

As NATO troops in Afghanistan have begun intercepting sophisticated Iranian arms bound for the Taliban, U.S., NATO and Afghan officials are growing more concerned about Iranian policy in Afghanistan. Its long been conventional wisdom that Irans Shiite Muslim rulers would do nothing to destabilize Afghan President Hamid Karzais shaky government or aid the Taliban, Sunni Muslim militants against whom Iran nearly went to war with in 1998. The Taliban obtains the lions share of its weapons and other aid from the proceeds of opium trafficking and from Sunni supporters in Pakistan and Arab nations.

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