News ID: 273043
Published: 0246 GMT August 17, 2020

Iran dismisses US claims of arms supply to Taliban

Iran dismisses US claims of arms supply to Taliban

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh categorically dismissed “baseless” claims by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Iran is sending weapons to Taliban militant group, saying what is happening now in Afghanistan is the outcome of the US warmongerings in the Asian country.

The spokesman said the accusations leveled by the US secretary of state amount to a type of blame game and an attempt at diverting the public opinion from Washington’s instances of assistance to Daesh terrorist group, IRNA reported.

“What is going on in Afghanistan today is the result of US warmongering and intervention in the country’s affairs,” Khatibzadeh said.

In an interview with Radio Free Europe, Pompeo had accused Iran and Russia of arming the Taliban. “We know that the Russians have armed the Taliban in the past, right. We know that the Iranians continue to arm them today,” he alleged.

Khatibzadeh said the US has so far failed to provide any explanation for the nature of the helicopters that fly by NATO forces in Afghanistan to help out the Daesh terrorist group.

The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the banner of following the September 11 attacks in order to wage a “war on terror” thousands of miles away from America’s own borders.

The invasion toppled the Taliban militants, but the group now controls more territory than at any point since being ousted from power and is engaged in peace talks with the United States. 

Daesh has also gone from strength to strength, especially in eastern Afghanistan, after suffering crushing defeats in Syria and Iraq.

At the time of Syrian and Iraqi advances, various sources reported and regional officials confirmed that the US military was airlifting Daesh terrorists from battlefields and transferring them to Afghanistan. 



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