British Special Forces in Afghanistan have seized a cache of 48 powerful Iranian rockets in an ambush from Taliban fighters in Afghanistan military officials state that this is the strongest evidence of the increasing support from Iran to the Taliban, and the most powerful arms cache captured by the British Special Air Service (SAS) troops in Afghanistan to date.

Foreign Secretary William Hague slammed Iran for its ‘unacceptable’ behavior in supplying them and said that the British ambassador has raised the matter with officials in Tehran.

He said: “It is not the behaviour of a responsible neighbor. It is at odds with Iran’s claim to the international community and to its own people that it supports stability and security in Afghanistan.”

The cache of 48 rockets was hidden in three trucks and was seized after a fierce fire fight which left several insurgents dead in the remote southern province of Nimroz, on the Iran border, last month, following an intelligence tip- off.

The 122mm rockets, which were seized with 1000 rounds of rifle ammunition and 49 rocket mortars and fuses, have twice the range and twice the blast radius of the 107mm missiles used previously by the Taliban.

The rockets, which have an 80ft blast area, were analyzed last week by UK specialists.

Their ID marks had been deliberately removed but the experts found they were identical to Iranian-built rockets seized in Iraq in 2007, The Sun reports. ato has revealed that there have been more than 1,600 anti-Taliban operations in the last month, with 1,800 insurgents captured, 500 killed and 1,005 arms caches uncovered. (ANI)

Source: India Talkies

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