March 25th, 2010
01:27 PM ET

Gates on Iran's involvement with Taliban training

Amid questions about Iran's involvement with the Taliban in Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Sec. Robert Gates addressed the issue at a Thursday briefing.

"Based on everything that I've seen, I continue to believe that the Iranians are involved," Gates said. "But it remains at a relatively low level and we certainly would hope that it stays that way."

Earlier this week, U.S. military and intelligence officials said Iran is helping train Taliban fighters within its borders. The United States has already said that the Taliban may be receiving limited training from the Iranians in Afghanistan itself, but officials told CNN that training in the use of small arms was occurring within Iran.


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  2. Daniel

    For Dan Lafayette,IN,That's the exact goal of the United States,Great Britain and France.Once they have Iran,they have total control of the Middle East and who knows,on to to Central Asia,perhaps.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. ramkhelawan

    With such a being who denies the holocaust and the downing of the twin towers, anything can be expected. And if that anything happens to be training criminals to attack the Americans and Afghans, we do not have to wait for the smoking gun proof.

    Iran has to be STOPPED and right NOW. If not, THE ENTIRE FREE WORLD will regret and then – IT WILL BE TOO LATE.

    March 28, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan Lafayette,IN

    bdub I think that the people of Iran would greatly appreciate the toppling of the ruling party in Iran! And if it takes bombing the government and the revolutionary guard they would be more than happy of their deaths. Iranians want the freedoms that the west enjoys and we should help them anyway we can!

    March 28, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Adam

    A. Smith, I guess you haven't heard that taliban leaders have also made the claim that they are being supplied and trained by Iran. The U.S. never gave direct support to the Taliban (and certainly not during the 80's, considering the Taliban did not become active until 1994) and never formally acknowledged the Taliban as an official government. And if Pakistan is supporting the Taliban then why have they killed hundreds of insurgents in the past several weeks? Seems a bit counter productive.

    March 27, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. A. Smith, Oregon

    For 20 years, America's CIA Trained, and equipped the Taliban fighters as they fought and killed Russian soldiers in Afghanistan. The CIA instructed the Taliban how to make and use IED's. It is the utter height of hypocrisy for Gates to point his finger at Iran as doing something which America did not do themselves for 20 years.

    The CIA flooded military weapons and explosives for the Taliban into Pakistan. The Taliban simply crossed the Pakistan border as they do now with fresh weapons and a endless supply of American taxpayer purchased explosives for IED's.

    Now 20 years later, the Taliban are STILL bringing fresh weapons and explosives from Pakistan and crossing the border. Pakistan certainly knows who and where those weapons and explosives are coming from and if they wanted it stopped or dried up, they certainly could do so.

    Gates is simply floating a propaganda piece to confuse and distort where the weapons and explosives which are constantly being replaced and updated for the Taliban are actually coming from.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. aman amin

    i think both Pakistan and Iran are helping and aiding the taliban and their followers,but i dont understand why we have to aid Pakistan so much who not only train them but has nuke too.and i think both should come under the so called sunction list.

    March 26, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. DDG

    The problem is we can't do squat with Iran until we withdraw from Iraq. If we start bombing Iran, then Iran will start causing trouble for us in Iraq. Once the US withdraws, Iran can be dealt with.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. Daniel

    Like every other right-wing thug,Gates is now along with the right-wing media,trying to stir up more mob mentality and hatred against Iran.We may never know exactly what's actually taking place over there.Of course,propaganda has been going on for decades,for instance,during WW1 the Bitish formulated many false stories about German atrocities in Belgium which never took place.

    March 26, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Iraq Paramedic

    Well I am glad to read some intelligent comments & not emotional outburst. Thank you sonsoflight. And yes you are correct there are bad & good in every country, greed, nation, race & religion. If some of the people who spue hatred would just look at the up & coming generation in Iran they would see that these people are as tired of the extremist clerics as the rest of us so why bomb them, why not help them come to power & change things. Our politicians are not all perfect but most of them do care. If the emotional haters want to know the root of the problem they should read Genesis chapter 15,16 & 17 as this tells of Abrahams two sons Isaac & Ishmael, Isaac the root of Christianity & Ishmael the root of Islam. May GOD Bless & keep us all.

    March 26, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. S.P.H. Yerucham

    Instead of trying to tear down the new health care legislation, the Republican party would do us more service if they would focus their energies on creating legislation to crush the Iranian regime NOW.

    March 25, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Defender

    Well, there's alot of politics and repricusion on going to war, or firing missiles at IRAN. I say if we really want to attack Iran, our citizens would protest like crazy. i'm hands down for attacking them, but to every move there's a backlash, and were waiting for when we have enough proof, war is the last option on obama's agenda with IRAN, but i read an article earlier, seems like we are preping for war.

    March 25, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sonsoflight

    None of us knows what's really going on. All we can do is speculate on what we're being told, based on someone else's opinion of what may or may not be the truth or untruth. There are good and evil populations and leaders in every country. Chances are, this entire story was designed to promote some latent agenda by someone who stands to gain money or power. Today Iran is our enemy and we're currently supposedly striking armament deals with our former enemy, Russia. Tomorrow, it could be the opposite. The biggest example was when we funded/trained/supplied the "freedom fighters" in the mountains of Afghanistan in their "struggle" against Russia. Those same warriors maintained and circulated a database of names to form a rag tag army. Over time, the database was simply referred to as "the base" for short. The Arabic translation for this is Al-Quaeda. Yes, the same one.

    March 25, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Drumlaw80

    For the life of me, I don't understand why our government – under Bush and Obama - continues to be "okay" with the fact that Iran is training and encouraging people to kill Americans. Are we ever going to stand up to Iran? I feel as if we are back in the 1980s with the hostage crisis, being emasculated by Iranian zealots who have no fear of he US, because they get away with everything.

    Why not give them 72 hours to stop helping the Taliban kill our guys, and if they don't, we hit control alt delete on their armed forces, every government building they own and their nuclear program.

    But then again, who am I to question the "brilliant" strategy of years of diplomatic wrangling to get more sharply worded letters from the UN and international sanctions that have no pragmatic effect whatsoever ... just until Iran has a nuclear bomb. That will be fun time, no? Ugh.

    March 25, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bdub

    lol Dan, what do you think the repercussions of that would be?

    The current regime is in trouble, people are marching in the streets and calling for change.

    How fast do you think that would stop as soon as the first bomb hit? The people would rally around the government to fight American aggression.

    Bombs are a last resort, maybe we'd be out of Iraq (Saddam was a longtime enemy of Iran, we strengthened them by attacking him actually) if we weren't so quick to "just bomb the daylights out of them."

    March 25, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Dan Lafayette,IN

    No matter what kind of help the Taliban is getting from Iran it needs to stop and the U.S. and NATO should fire missiles into Iran to show Iran that we will not put up with their involvement in Afghanistan! If they want to be allied with the Taliban then they should have the same fate as the Taliban get! Iran is a radical Islamic nation and their clerics support attacks against America and it's allies. We should bomb the hell out of them until they stop supporting terrorism and their nuclear ambitions!

    March 25, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |