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U.S. commander says some Taliban fighters are training in Iran

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal leads the U.S. and NATO coalition forces in Afghanistan.
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal leads the U.S. and NATO coalition forces in Afghanistan. (Shah Marai/agence France-presse/getty Images)
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Monday, May 31, 2010

AFGHANISTAN

McChrystal cites Taliban training in Iran

The commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Sunday that there is "clear evidence" some Taliban fighters have trained in Iran.

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal told reporters in Kabul that Iran -- Afghanistan's western neighbor -- has generally assisted the Afghan government in fighting the insurgent group.

"There is, however, clear evidence of Iranian activity -- in some cases providing weaponry and training to the Taliban -- that is inappropriate," he said. McChrystal said NATO forces are working to stop both the training and the weapons trafficking.

Last month, McChrystal said there were indications that Taliban militants were training in Iran, but not very many. He did not, however, suggest any links to Iranian government policy. He also did not give details on how many have trained in Iran.

-- Associated Press

NORTH KOREA

China holds off on condemning attack

China held back from joining the chorus of nations condemning North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship. The decision makes quick international sanctions unlikely but perhaps buys time while China quietly leans on its unpredictable, nuclear-armed neighbor.

As Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts Sunday, tens of thousands of North Koreans rallied in their capital, shouting slogans against South Korea and the United States, according to video footage from APTN in Pyongyang.

South Korea has taken punitive measures against the North since a team of international investigators said this month that a torpedo fired by a North Korean submarine tore apart and sank the warship Cheonan on March 26, killing 46 sailors. North Korea denies attacking the ship.


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