U.S. intelligence agencies said Iran to the Taliban SA-14 surface to air missiles
U.S. forces in Afghanistan captured SA-14 missiles
China Network on March 1 hearing, according to the British “Times” 1 reported that U.S. intelligence agencies reported that Iran is secretly providing to the Taliban in Afghanistan portable surface to air missiles to shoot down in the British military mission in Afghanistan helicopter. Iran refuted this accusation, saying the Taliban insurgents who almost no relationship.
U.S. intelligence agencies to disclose the sources said, the United Kingdom and Iran to stop the expansion of U.S. influence in Afghanistan, recently has been the secret to the Taliban insurgents SA-14 portable surface to air missiles to shoot down the Helmand province, the British military mission helicopter. U.S. military sources, Iran to the Taliban-air missile has been going on for quite some time, but only to about two weeks ago did they get conclusive evidence. U.S. forces in western Afghanistan in a combat operation, seized some of the SA-14 missile parts, the Taliban has found this type of weapon equipped. The source said the U.S. military is currently only found in western Afghanistan SA-14 missiles, but missile in southern Afghanistan is only a matter of time. If this spread to become a reality, then the British troops in Afghanistan will face more attacks and losses, the Taliban will regain military superiority in these areas.
U.S. Central Command, Petraeus has also said publicly that, in fact, the United States and Iran have common interests in Afghanistan and objectives, the two sides should cooperate against the Taliban militants, rather than to the Taliban secret supply of weapons and equipment. Petraeus said that Iran’s Afghan policy is contradictory, because some Iranian leaders want to see the U.S. defeat in Afghanistan. Petraeus also said the United States and Iran do not want to see the Taliban return to power in Afghanistan, both countries want to curb Afghanistan’s drug trade, drug trade to prevent the Taliban rely on funding. Petraeus said that “Iran is also concerned about Afghanistan’s drug trade, but also want to see Sunni extremists and religious extremists to power in Afghanistan and I am sure there is such a factor, which can determine Iran’s ally the United States , coalition forces, Afghan troops had a hard time. “
Iranian officials immediately rejected the accusation by U.S. intelligence agencies. An anonymous Iranian official said, “instability in Iraq or Afghanistan, we do not have any benefit for our head of state in Iraq and Afghanistan, good relationship, they also praised Iran recently. Why their opposition to the transfer weapons? “the official said, Iran and the Taliban’s religious beliefs, social philosophy, the ruling ideas out of tune, the Taliban was in power during his massacre of hundreds of Afghan Shiites, and killed nine Iranian diplomats . Iran’s relations with the United States may be more difficult to explain Iran to provide weapons to the Taliban cause. But U.S. military officials responded by saying, “I suspect that some sectors of Iran, really do not know what other departments as we have seen an Iranian state power department to the Taliban in southern Afghanistan to provide some very dangerous weapons, other sectors of the Iranian regime is not necessarily informed. “
SA-14 portable missiles nicknamed” goblin “, the Russian SA-7 missiles improved. Currently, the Iranian army is equipped with this type of mass production and improved models of various missiles. SA-14 missiles with infrared homing guidance, playing the long 1.35 m, diameter 7 cm, a launch weight of 10 kg fragmentation warhead for warhead type, weight 1 kg, a maximum range of 4.5 km, the minimum range of 500 meters. Operational altitude of 15-2999 m and a speed of 1.4 Mach, the use of man-fired emission. The missile is powered by solid booster engine and dual-thrust solid rocket motor. SA-14 missiles and air defense for the battle front against low-flying attack aircraft and helicopters. (Xiao Xi)