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The Shiite-majority Iranians, who have been the sworn enemy of the Sunni Taliban insurgents in neighboring Afghanistan and Pakistan, now have begun providing militants in those countries with training in roadside bombs at secret camps in Iran in a joint effort to oust the United States from the region, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Taliban commanders say that Iran is training hundreds of insurgents to kill forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, as well as Americans. The training has included mounting intricate ambushes and learning how to place improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, for maximum effect.
Confirmation by Taliban commanders comes in spite of periodic reports since 2007 of Iranian assistance to the Taliban.
The training Iran is conducting now for the Taliban lasts three months. The first month is dedicated to convoy ambushes, the second month to planting IEDs and the third month to storming bases and checkpoints.
Shaped-charge IEDs which can direct the blast of the IED at convoys are beginning to show up in Afghanistan, although they have been used extensively in Iraq. Only Iran makes such shaped-charge IEDs.
IEDs are responsible for up to 80 percent of all U.S. and NATO casualties in Afghanistan.
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