On Tuesday, Iran denied reports that it paid the fighters of the Taliban to target the forces of the US and allies in Afghanistan.
In a statement transmitted by Iranian media, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, said that the claims are entirely false and reported that the US tries to hide its miscalculations in Afghanistan by resorting to propaganda.
Media reports declared on Monday that the intelligence agencies of the US estimated that Iran offered bounties to fighters of the Taliban for targeting American and coalition troops in Afghanistan. Moreover, Iran repaid the Haqqani network after it led at least six attacks on American and coalition interests in 2019, In what a joint intelligence assessment produced in July by the CIA, NSA, and NCTC, CNN declared on Monday.
It’s noted that the Haqqani network is directed by Sirajuddin Haqqani who is also the deputy chief of the Taliban. Iran also paid bounties to the Haqqani network for their attack on Bagram Air Base in December 2019, according to a Pentagon briefing document reviewed by CNN. The attack killed two civilians and wounded more than 70 others, including four US personnel.
The Haqqani network is directed by Sirajuddin Haqqani who is also the deputy chief of the Taliban. According to a Pentagon briefing document reviewed by CNN, Iran also paid prizes to the Haqqani network for their assault on Bagram Air Base in December 2019. The assault killed two civilians and injured more than 70 others, including four US personnel.
Iran considers the presence of US forces in neighboring Afghanistan and Iraq is a threat on its doorstep and always appealed for their removal.