Washington calls on iran to cooperate in the "alliance against terror" on; tehran is said to be hiding cursed al qaeda members from u.S. Militaries
After failing to find high-level members of the al qaeda network, washington has now accused the iranian government of harboring fugitive terrorists. This highlights the increasing prere that the u.S. Government is under because of a lack of tracing successes. Us government us president george w. Bush, therefore, during a press conference in washington on thursday, strongly urged the government in tehran to join the alliance against terror. If the reports turn out to be true, bush said, iran will be dealt with, "initially through diplomatic channels".
Such threatening gestures met with corresponding reactions in iran. Vice president mohammad ali abtahi promptly denied the allegations. "Iran", he countered, "has never been on good terms with the taliban." and finally, the borders with the country were closed immediately after the terrorist attacks of 11 september. September has been closed.
Relations between the iranian government and the taliban have in fact been dominated by the much-vaunted conflict between sunnis and shiites. Because of their wahhabi approach to islam, adopted from the saudis, the taliban were viewed with suspicion not only by the iranian government. Also, the orthodox taliban sunnis had persecuted afghan shiites in recent years, calling tehran their main enemy in this conflict. Iran countered with the characterization that the taliban were "a war-lusty, extremist, radical" group.
But these conflicts cannot overcome the fact that the new afghan government, because of its closeness to the west and especially to the u.S., is now seen as a cruder enemy than the ousted taliban. Why should the motto "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" remain limited only to washington’s policies?
Distrust of the usa as a common denominator
The iranian government under khatami has been following the establishment of u.S. Military bases in central asia with great interest in recent weeks. Consolidation of u.S. Presence in the region and establishment of new bases in kyrgyzstan is perceived as a threat by the government. A transport base was recently built there, from which 3,000 soldiers can be deployed in the shortest possible time. Similar plans exist, if not already realized, for pakistan and uzbekistan. With the massive troop presence in afghanistan, iran now threatens to be encircled by the u.S.A.
An incident on december 19, when an iranian tanker was attacked and boarded by u.S. Military personnel in the persian gulf, is a sign of distrust, including on washington’s part. The crew had refused to be voluntarily searched. The swiss ambassador to tehran, tim guldimann, justified the action on suspicion that the ship had been illegally transporting iraqi petroleum. In fact, erdol is not currently the primary target of u.S. Military search operations in the region. As long as this search continues, the u.S. Appears to have little regard for political sensitivities in the region. Governments’ reactions will be the measure of how stable bush’s alliance really is.
According to reports in the scottish daily "the herald" at least 2,000 taliban fighters have fled to pakistan, and only a few hundred of them have been apprehended, despite a rough concentration of troops at the border. In addition, two-thirds of taliban commanders are fugitives. Because numerous taliban had come to afghanistan from middle eastern countries and had risen in the taliban’s command structures over time, washington now suspects them in their countries of origin. Iran could therefore at least serve as a transit country. Taking into account the obvious concerns of the iranian government against the u.S., it is not unlikely that the iranian security apparatus will turn a blind eye.
How far does the usa?
One sign of the increasing prere to succeed is the tension between the pentagon and the cia, which is responsible for the search for al qaeda members in afghanistan. Although these differences are of course not aired in public, a press conference held by u.S. Military officer john stufflebeem on 7. January conclusions: "we will stop chasing any shadows that we suspect usama bin ladin is hiding behind", announced the military. Instead of that in the future "higher-level, nationwide actions" take place, so as not to get lost in the details. This approach is unusual, because the development of search strategies is primarily the responsibility of the intelligence service. A change was announced by him to be.
Bush’s recent remarks suggest that the prere the u.S. Is under is leading to increased action in the countries surrounding afghanistan. This will not exactly ease the sensitive political situation in the region.