manufacturing consent: Iranian Arms Destined for Taliban Seized in Afghanistan, Officials Say

‘Large’ Shipment Said to Include Armor-Piercing Bombs

By Robin Wright

Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 16, 2007; Page A19

An Iranian arms shipment destined for the Taliban was intercepted Sept. 6 by the international force in Afghanistan in what appears to be an escalating flow of weaponry between the two former enemies, according to officials from countries in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.

The shipment included armor-piercing bombs known as explosively formed projectiles, the sources said, which have been especially deadly when used as roadside bombs against foreign troops in Iraq. The NATO-led force interdicted two smaller shipments of similar weapons from Iran into southern Helmand province April 11 and May 3.

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