Gen. McKenzie: Iran’s activity in Afghanistan has increased | Iran International

Gen. McKenzie: Iran’s activity in Afghanistan has increased

The commander of the United States Central Command (Centcom) Gen. Frank McKenzie, says There has been an increase in Iranian activity in Afghanistan that poses a risk to American and coalition troops there.

During his last week’s unannounced visit to Afghanistan, Gen. McKenzie told the reporters that he sees a “worrisome trend,” of Iranian malign interference.

He added: Iran has always sort of dabbled a little bit in Afghanistan, but they see perhaps an opportunity to get after us and the coalition here through their proxies. So, we are very concerned about that here as we go forward.”

Iran has been accused of providing the Taliban with funds, weapons, and equipment.

After the head of Iran’s Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani was killed by the United States in Iraq, the Taliban was among the groups that condemned the operation.

Afghan officials have also expressed concerns about Iran’s support of the Taliban.

Last Monday, an American plane crashed in Afghanistan and two American officers on board were killed. Taliban took responsibility for the attack, but official investigation is yet to announce the cause of the crash.

There are currently between 12000 to 13000 American troops stationed in Afghanistan.

Iran in Brief
The Pentagon announced that a US Navy vessel had to fire warning shots when Iranian IRGC speedboats came dangerously close to a group of vessels.More
The EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell says negotiations in Vienna between world powers and Iran are moving into a crucial stage and the next few weeks will be critical.More
A member of the Afghan parliament has blamed Iran for a bombing of a girls' school May 8 in Kabul that has killed dozens.More
German foreign minister Heiko Maas said May 10 that time is of essence in reaching an agreement over restoring the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.More
Iran was quick to bring out violence between Israel and Palestinians in recent days calling on all Muslims to unite.More