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Flashback: Iran Helped Overthrow Taliban

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Posted 6/9/2005 10:00 PM Updated 6/9/2005 11:37 PM

Iran helped overthrow Taliban, candidate says

By Barbara Slavin, USA TODAY

Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards fought alongside and advised the Afghan rebels who helped U.S. forces topple Afghanistan's Taliban regime in the months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the guards' former leader says.

In an interview by e-mail, Mohsen Rezaie, a candidate in Iran's presidential elections next week, says the United States has not given Iran enough credit. He says Iran played an "important role in the overthrow of the Taliban" in 2001 (Related: Full text of interview).

Even before U.S. forces entered Afghanistan, Iran backed the Northern Alliance, a loose coalition of warlords and militias from the Tajik, Uzbek and Hazara minorities. The alliance fought the ruling Taliban, a regime dominated by majority Pashtuns that imposed a harsh Sunni Islamic government.

Current and former U.S. troops and officials confirm Iranians were present with the Northern Alliance as U.S. forces organized the rebels in 2001.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2005-06-09-iran-taliban_x.htm

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there have been many issues that iran has helped america on, and 9 timesout of 10 the americans have not lived up to their end of the deal. they where to stubborn to accept iranian help in iraq, and look where that got them

Edited by ShahHussain

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Posted 6/9/2005 10:00 PM Updated 6/9/2005 11:37 PM

Iran helped overthrow Taliban, candidate says

By Barbara Slavin, USA TODAY

Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards fought alongside and advised the Afghan rebels who helped U.S. forces topple Afghanistan's Taliban regime in the months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the guards' former leader says.

In an interview by e-mail, Mohsen Rezaie, a candidate in Iran's presidential elections next week, says the United States has not given Iran enough credit. He says Iran played an "important role in the overthrow of the Taliban" in 2001 (Related: Full text of interview).

Even before U.S. forces entered Afghanistan, Iran backed the Northern Alliance, a loose coalition of warlords and militias from the Tajik, Uzbek and Hazara minorities. The alliance fought the ruling Taliban, a regime dominated by majority Pashtuns that imposed a harsh Sunni Islamic government.

Current and former U.S. troops and officials confirm Iranians were present with the Northern Alliance as U.S. forces organized the rebels in 2001.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2005-06-09-iran-taliban_x.htm

They had a whole National Geographic Documentary on this and both sides confirmed that Iran helped topple the Taliban.

Yet in American news you still find them blaming Iran for helping the Taliban, which is like saying Anne Frank joined the Hitler Youth.

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Yet in American news you still find them blaming Iran for helping the Taliban, which is like saying Anne Frank joined the Hitler Youth.

Perhaps not Taliban but Iran might have extended a helping hand to groups within larger Afghan resistance resisting the Americans. That would not only improve Iran's clout within the resistors but also put American war machinery in jeopardy. Hekmatyar, who is not of the Taliban but belongs to anti-American Afghan resistance, has lived for several years in Iran in exile. It's politics and Iranians are no kids.

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