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01/27/08

Afghanistan dismisses allegation over Iran mines supply to Taliban

Kabul, Jan 27, IRNA - Spokesman of Afghan Interior Ministry Zemaira Bashary on Sunday rejected allegation over mines supply from Iran to the Taliban fighting with the Afghan government in western Afghanistan.

"No document has been available to prove Iran has supplied 130 mines to Taliban terrorists in Farah province," Bashary told IRNA.

Western media reports claimed on Saturday that a number of the mines discovered in a military operation on Thursday in Taliban's cache in Farah province bearing Iran trade mark.

This would be "a prejudgment" to get Iran involved in the case, the Afghan spokesman said.

He added, if it was proved that the mines belonged to a third country, then "the significant point is to find out when they were transferred to Afghanistan."

He stressed that Afghan military experts were investigating the case and would announce the result afterwards.

The commander added that the name of the producer country has been removed from the mines back.

Out of the more than 12 million of mines planted in Afghanistan during the country's three decades of war against occupation of the former Soviet Union, only five million have been discovered and defused so far.

The terrorist group of Taliban, who led the government from 1996 until being ousted by Western forces in 2001, are fighting against the government of President Hamid Karzai.

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