Washington: Iranian military has smuggled
deadly new weapons to various anti-American groups in
neighboring Iraq and Afghanistan, raising concerns in the
United States, a media report said on Saturday.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran "has
smuggled rocket-assisted exploding projectiles to its militia
allies in Iraq, weapons that have already resulted in the
deaths of American troops," the Wall Street Journal reported,
quoting US defense officials.
According to the officials, Iranians have also given
long-range rockets to the Taliban in Afghanistan, increasing
the insurgents` ability to hit US and other coalition
positions from a safer distance, it said.
The report comes days after a top White House
counter-terrorism official accused Iran of being a state
sponsor of terrorism and trying to benefit from the
instability in the region.
"I think they`re trying to do a couple of things. One is
they`re trying to exploit some of the instability that is
taking place in certain countries as a way to increase their
contacts, their relationships, their equities," said John
Brennan, Assistant to the US President for Homeland Security
and Counter-terrorism, said in his speech at the Paul Nitze
School of Advanced International Studies.
"We see that they are, in fact trying to operate in
different countries by establishing relationships with the
groups that may be were out of favour six months ago and now
are coming into favour," Brennan said.