Iran: Blaming the United States for Taliban Violence

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January 11, 2006: Europe appears to be at the middle of their patience with Iran. Despite Iran's continued work on nuclear weapons, the UN, and European Union, do nothing but protest and pontificate. Russia continues to supply Iran with nuclear technology.

January 10, 2006: Iran broke the UN (IAEA) seals on its nuclear fuel production facilities and resumed work on producing nuclear material for nuclear weapons. Officially, Iran is only resuming research. But with those facilities open again, nuclear fuel enrichment could be taking place as well. In effect, Iran has told the UN to butt out, and that Iran would do was it wished in the are of nuclear research and development.

January 9, 2006: For the second time in two months, an Iranian Air Force transport crashed. This time, 13 were killed, including the commander of the Revolutionary Guards (the separate army controlled by the Islamic militants who rule the country). Iranian military aircraft are poorly maintained because of the difficulty in getting spare parts and technical assistance past the arms embargo.

January 7, 2006: Most Iranians are visibly upset with the sharp turn to militant belligerence by their new president.

January 6, 2006: On the Afghan/Pakistani border, the low level war with Sunni drug smuggling tribes is heating up. Now the Pakistani tribesmen are kidnapping Iranian troops in an effort to get jailed tribesmen released. Iran blames the United States for all this. The tribesmen are pro-Taliban Sunnis, who believe that Shia Moslems are heretics.

 

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