ABC's Brian Ross claimed a scoop from secret NATO documents on the guerrilla war in Afghanistan. The papers seem to prove that the Pentagon now believes Iran has switched sides in the war--even though Defense Secretary Robert Gates "stopped short" of formally saying so. "Until recently the Iranian government had considered the Taliban--of a different Islamic sect--to be its sworn enemy. It seems the United States is now the bigger enemy for Iran," Ross asserted in his Investigates feature. The dispute surrounds a pair of arms shipments destined for Taliban fighters that were intercepted near the Afghanistan-Iran border this spring. The arms appeared to be shipped by a militant unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guard known as the Quds Force. The question was whether the Quds Force was operating autonomously or at the direction of the government. Ross quoted from the "confidential" NATO analysis that their size "indicates clearly that this is part of a considered policy" rather than "low-level corruption and weapons smuggling."
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