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Afghanistan - Iran Pays Taliban $1,000 for Every US Soldier Killed

Published on: September 5, 2010 08:31 AM
By:  NY Post
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Afghanistan - At least five Iranian companies stationed in Afghanistan are covertly funding Taliban militants, paying them salaries of $233 a month with a $1,000 bonus for killing an American soldier, according to the Sunday Times of London.

Blowing up a US military vehicle is worth $6,000, making insurgents better paid than any Afghan police officer or soldier.

“Iran will never stop funding us, because Americans are dangerous for them as well,” said a Taliban treasurer, who travels from the mountainous Wardak province to an Iranian construction company that operates out of Kabul to pick up the cash.

“The money we get is not dirty. It is for jihad,” he said.

The treasurer said he has picked up almost $79,000 in the past six months.

Afghan intelligence and Taliban sources told the Times that the firms—set up with foreign aid money within the past six months—provide cash for a network of district Taliban treasurers to pay battlefield expenses and bonuses for killing the enemy and destroying their vehicles.

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The Iranian companies win contracts to supply materials and logistics to Afghans involved in reconstruction. The money often comes in the form of aid from foreign donors.

Profits are transferred through poorly regulated Afghan banks—including Kabul Bank, which is partly owned by President Hamid Karzai’s brother Mahmood—to Tehran and Dubai.

From there, the money returns to Afghanistan through the informal Islamic banking system known as hawala.

“This means the companies involved in funding the insurgency can cover their tracks easily. It makes it harder for us to trace the cash flow,” a senior Afghan intelligence official said.

He said the Iranian companies had been formed with the intention of winning contracts funded by foreign aid so that donors’ cash could be channeled into the insurgency.

The Iranian embassy in Kabul refused to respond to the allegations.



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 Sep 05, 2010 at 09:02 AM Anonymous Says:

Well USA pays the Imam to spread it throughout the world - 6 million for his trip to Europe. Any difference?

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 03:03 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Well USA pays the Imam to spread it throughout the world - 6 million for his trip to Europe. Any difference?

why can't the us bomb iran to the stone age they are at war with us I think everybody should call the white house on behalf of the americans dieing from iran

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 Sep 05, 2010 at 07:13 PM Anonymous Says:

To #2- If you are so gung ho and enthusiastic about future military action against Iran, why don't you enlist in the Armed Forces of the United States, where you could participate in any offensive against Iran?

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 Sep 06, 2010 at 05:47 PM cookookajew Says:

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Anonymous Says:

To #2- If you are so gung ho and enthusiastic about future military action against Iran, why don't you enlist in the Armed Forces of the United States, where you could participate in any offensive against Iran?

I believe i can answer that question for him...

Its becasue of our backward policies regarding rules of engagement. Our soldiers literally have a rule book telling them how and when to use force. Their hands are tied and they die by the thousands because of it.

Many of those soldiers who are trained to do their job get incarcerated for actually doing it...

This article emphasize exactly how much garbage we take from the arabs and how they ALWAYS get away with it.

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 Sep 06, 2010 at 08:02 PM Anonymous Says:

To#4-The only Americans (10) who are incarcerated at Ft. Leavenworth, were convicted of murder and rape against civilians in Iraq. During basic training, the concept of not engaging in atrocities against civilians is repeatedly stressed. Unlike the case of Lt. Calley in 1968 (during the Vietnam War), this time, justice has prevailed. Incidentally, the Iranians are not Arabs.

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 Jun 05, 2011 at 09:55 PM Anonymous Says:

It seems the chickens have come home to roost. Didn't the Reagan administration provide anyhting everything to the Afghan rebels so they could kill Soviet soldiers? This network of cash handlers/bankers is no different than the one set up in the 1980's by Pakistan, The US, Britain and Saudi Arabia, et al to fund said Afghan rebels.

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