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Iranian President accusses US of "double game' in Afghanistan

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Kabul, 10 March
Ahmadinejad says that US created terrorists in Afghanistan       Photo: BBC

Visiting Kabul today, Iranian President Mahmood Ahmadinejad said the US had "created terrorists and now say they are fighting them", as he appeared with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Ahmadinejad's comments come on the heels of those made by US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who accused Iran of giving the Taliban low-level support.

At the joint press conference with Karzai, Ahmadinejad said that Iran rejects the need for a foreign military presence in Afghanistan in order to achieve peace in the nation.

Rather, he said "Our policy is full support for the Afghan people and Afghan government and reconstruction of Afghanistan."

Secretary Gates is also in Kabul to review the progress of the troop surge in Afghanistan.  He asserted earlier that Tehran was offering the Afghan government friendship, while also providing low-level support for the Taliban, in what Gates termed a "double-game."

Ahmadinejad rejected these statements saying that the Taliban fighters are Sunni Muslims, and sworn enemies of Shia Iran.  He pointed blame to the US saying, "They themselves created terrorists and now they're saying that they are fighting terrorists."

The Iranian president furthered his criticisms of the US in asking why a nation on the other side of the world was meddling in the affairs of Afghanistan.  Finally, Ahmadinejad asserted that terrorism could not be defeated by armies, but only by intelligence.

Afghan President Karzai, who made very little remarks during the press conference, stated "We are very hopeful that our brother nation of Iran will work with us in bringing peace and security to Afghanistan so that both our countries will be secure."

Karzai also described Iran as a realistic friend and thanked Ahmadinejad for Tehran's support.

While there are few who would not argue that Afghanistan needs to have good working relations with its neighbors in the region, Iran is definitely a neighbor who needs close watching.  Tehran has indeed engaged in double play before, such as in the case with Lebanon, where Iran asserts it is a friend to the government, yet supports the Hezbollah terrorist organization.

Afghanistan has the opportunity to become a secular Islamic state, the upholds democracy and the rights of its people.  With the cloud already surrounding Karzai's second term due to the election fraud, it may be wise to closely monitor the relationship between Tehran and Kabul and view anything more than neighborly cooperation negatively.


  • Boondocks 5 years ago

    Screw them. If they want to jump into bed with Ahmadinejad, let them. Let them start working together, let Iran help re-destabilize Afghanistan, then use that as an excuse to go in and bomb both nations back to the stone age, right? Isn't that what a card-carrying American Patriot should say?

    I say let them worry about their own affairs. We don't need to be sacrificing American soldiers' lives fighting local dissidents in Afghanistan (many of whom probably had no problem with America until we invaded Afghanistan).

    We need to become more secular and insulated. Guard our own borders first, before worrying about other countries internal issues. Let other countries deal with their own problems. If they're busy fighting in their own country, how are they going to have reason, time, and resources to travel all the way to America to attack us?

    If we stop giving them REASON to attack us, then most of them will probably just disappear back where they came from...

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