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News number: 8901231571

18:48 | 2010-04-12

Politics

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Afghan Official: US Moves to Increase Military Threat against Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- A well-informed Afghan official disclosed new military moves and buildups by the US and British military forces in the southwestern Helmand province near the Iranian borders, and said the move is part of a broader plot to pose military threats to Iran.



"Military activities and infrastructures which have been built or are under construction in Helmand prove that the US and Britain are in pursuit of two major objectives," the informed official told FNA on the condition of anonymity.

"Firstly, foreign troops do not intend to leave Afghanistan given the vast military expenditures," he added.

Commenting on the second objective pursued by the US and Britain, the official said that such military structures and strongholds are not aimed at a few Taliban insurgents but are meant to serve some broader purposes.

"Helmand is important to the US and Britain due to its adjacency to Iran and Pakistan. The main goals of these forces are not Helmand or Taliban but to be close to Iran and gain control over Pakistan's border regions," the official pointed out.

Helmand is one of the 34 Provinces of Afghanistan. It is in the southwest of the country. Its capital city is Lashkar Gah.

Regarding the details of the British military movements in the region, the official revealed that British base is located in a region called 'Shourabak' and covers an area of 1200 square kilometers.

"There are underground military airfield facilities in the base and aircrafts enter the underground airfield after landing," the source added.

The source further announced that the US forces are building a similar base in a region named 'Garmsir'.

The US has increased its war rhetoric against Iran in recent days, and the US President Barack Obama has threatened to nuke Iran.

The United States pledged never to use nuclear weapons against the states that comply with the Non-Proliferation Treaties (NPT) as part of a much-anticipated review of nuclear arms strategy released Tuesday.

But the new pledge leaves open a nuclear strike against countries that have signed on to a global NPT but stand accused of violating its terms.

Obama, in an interview with The New York Times, said outright that the loophole would apply to "outliers like Iran and North Korea" that the US believes are developing nuclear weapons.