The Defense Department Recognizes Iran’s Proxy War
Does America have a plan to stop the Iranians? Or, is the killing of Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan acceptable?
1:00 PM, Apr 20, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Like Hekmatyar, Ismail Khan once opposed the Taliban, then lost, and was later forced to flee to Iran. After the Taliban fell from power, he took over as the governor of the Herat province for a time until he was ousted from that position. Khan was given a cabinet seat as the minister of water and energy in Karzai’s government and then lost that, too. It is not clear, from the DoD’s report, what allegedly nefarious activities Khan and the Iranians are colluding on.
Finally, there is the Taliban. Despite being longtime enemies, the Taliban and Iran are cooperating against American-led forces in Afghanistan. The DoD’s report echoes what has been said before by other military and intelligence officials. In his own report on Afghanistan, for example, General Stanley McChrystal said that the IRGC-QF “is reportedly training fighters for certain Taliban groups and providing other forms of military assistance to insurgents.”
And in written testimony given to the Senate Intelligence Committee in February 2009, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair noted:
So, the DoD report is just the latest assessment to confirm what we should all know by now: Iran and the Taliban are allied against America.
In Iraq, as in Afghanistan, the Iranian regime’s real policy is duplicity. The DoD reports: “Iran continues to provide money, weapons and training to select Iraqi Shia militants and terrorists despite pledges by senior Iranian officials to stop such support.”
The IRGC has stationed its members in key diplomatic outposts. Both Iran’s outgoing and incoming ambassadors to Iraq are officers in the Qods force. But while the Iranians continue to conduct their version of “diplomacy” through the IRGC, the regime also continues to provide weaponry and explosives to their proxies. This includes: “Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs) with radio-controlled, remote arming and passive infrared detonators,” Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), anti-aircraft weapons, mortars, 107 and 122 millimeter rockets, rocket-propelled grenades and launchers, as well as other explosives.
The DoD is explicit about Iran’s targeting of U.S. forces. It is worth quoting the following key paragraph in full:
As in Afghanistan, therefore, the Iranian regime sponsors America’s enemies.
Not “Rogue” Operations
There is one final paragraph that is especially noteworthy in the DoD’s report. It reads:
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